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Perspective Control Lens or Tilt Shift Lens allows the photographer to change the perspective in the photo without moving the camera body itself.

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How to get a miniature effect on pictures without special equipment?

I was browsing Behance and came upon these pictures: http://www.behance.net/gallery/The-Little-Things/402879 I was wondering how he got this miniature style effect? I'm guessing a Gaussian Blur on a ...
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Will a tilt-shift lens solve my 'leaning building' shots?

I shoot primarily with a Nikon D300, and that's not likely to change soon. The camera does everything I need it to do, but this. I also use a 17-55 lens, which I know that Thom castigates as being ...
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What's the best way to create a tilt-shift photograph?

Specifically, what's the best way to go about shooting photos that have a fake miniature quality to them, which produces high-quality (and believable) images? Is there some special lens that you can ...
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Why does using a tilt-shift lens make things look miniature?

This question isn't so much about how to achieve the effect of making a scene look like it's modelled in miniature, but why tilting the focal plane creates the effect. What is it about photographing ...
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What's the learning curve for a tilt-shift lens?

I'm considering renting a tilt-shift (TS-E 24mm f/3.5L) lens for about a week when I travel abroad to do some photography in the middle east. What's the learning curve like on those lenses? Can I get ...
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Metering with a Tilt-Shift Lens

The manual of the Canon TS-E 17mm F/4 states that metering only works when the lens tilt and shift are set to zero (in the same position as a standard lens would be). Logically this implies that the ...
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In which order is it recommended to set a tilt-shift lens?

After an entire week of having a Canon TS-E 17mm F/4 at my disposal, I am still not sure which control to start setting first. This particular lens has a total of 5 degrees of freedom: ±6.5° tilt ...
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How does a tilt-shift lens work, and why does it solve certain problems?

So, I understand that a tilt-shift lens solves certain problems with shooting buildings and getting straight lines and such, but what I've not understood is why. I'm looking for the technical reasons ...
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How well do tilt-shift lenses work for nature/landscape photograhy?

I am in the market for at least one wide-angle prime lens. I've focused most of my search on 50mm and 24mm prime lenses from Canon, Zeiss, and Sigma. Crossing paths with another avenue of research in ...
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How to Maximize the Miniaturization Effect With a Tilt-Shift Lens?

It is know that using a tilt-shift lens can be used to make a scene look miniature. Now that I have a tilt-shift lens at my disposal with 5 degrees of freedom, what should I do to making things look ...
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Tips for using the Lensbaby 3G?

I just picked one up as a much less expensive option than a tilt/shift lens for the Pentax mount (they're hard to find and crazy expensive for the K-mount). I have done some experimental shots with ...
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What are the techniques for taking portraits using a tilt shift lens?

Like many others, I have been a great fan of Ryan Brenizer since a long time. Though I have never tried the Brenizer method of panaromic portraits in my professional photography assignments, I still ...
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Can the lensbaby achieve a similar effect to a ± 8.5° tilt?

I quite enjoy the ± 8.5° tilt that the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 provides. The cost is quite high at around $2,000USD. It seems that some people use lensbaby lenses for something of a similar effect. What ...
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Is there a correspondence between Tilt-Angle and the angle of the Focus-Plane?

Tilt lenses have their tilt-range specified in degrees, typically around ±8°. It seems that this number corresponds to how much a lens physically tilts along one axis. The effect is to tilt the plane ...
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What are the comparisons between the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II lens vs the TS-E 45mm f/2.8?

I'm not sure which one suits best my needs. However, I am curious to know why the 24mm is a lot more expensive, given that it is a f3.5. Perhaps, the maximum aperture does not matter very much with TS ...
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Can I do freelensing using a D7000 and a Nikon 35mm f/1.8?

I've been trying to do freelensing for a couple of days now (yes I know it's only been a short time) without much success. All I've gotten so far are grainy, underexposed images, with some light ...
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Why does this shot appear to have the miniature “tilt-shift” effect?

I've been experimenting with a 9-stop, ND400, neutral density filter. It was very windy yesterday and here's a shot I took out my bathroom window. This was a 1 minute exposure at f22. ISO 100, 24mm ...
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Can this cheap tilt-shift compact camera produce good results?

I've just seen this tilt-shift compact camera on the web and I was wondering if it was any good. I'm interested in experimenting with this style of photography, but I don't have £1,000 to spend on a ...
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Why would I want to use a tilt shift lens for panoramic photography?

I read that some people use tilt shift lenses for panoramic photography, and being that I currently have access to the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Tilt-Shift Lens I wanted to give it a try. Do I just ...
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How can I make close-by objects appear as if they were much bigger?

We all know the popular Tilt Shift technique that gives objects a "miniature" look, making them appear much smaller than they actually are. I'm wondering whether it's possible to achieve the opposite ...
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Perspective Warp vs. Tilt-Shift

I've been doing some architectural photography and indoors with the Nikon 14-24 f2.8 lens. Most of the time I can get my camera high enough to frame my shot and keep vertical lines vertical. But ...
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Are the perspective control advantages of a tilt shift lens less important on higher resolution cameras?

When using a tilt shift lens for perspective control, you can use shift to help account for converging lines such as in a scene of a church from 100ft away. I can also handle this type of perspective ...
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Is it necessary to lock the tilt and shift movements for each shot?

The Canon TS-E 17mm F/4 has large knobs for shifting and tilting the lens plus small knobs on the opposite side of the lens for locking the shift and tilt movements. It's already tedious to setup ...
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Is it possible to protect a bulbous lens while shooting?

The Canon TS-E 17mm F/4 has a bulbous front element which protrudes from the lens barrel. This requires a special lens cap which I place diligently while not shooting but there is no head and even no ...
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What lenses can I use to build a DIY tilt/shift lens for a Nikon DX body?

I've found an awesome description for how to build your own tilt/shift lens (http://www.creativepro.com/article/build-a-tilt-shift-camera-lens-peanuts) that mentions using, for example, a lens for the ...
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Why are there no autofocus tilt-shift lenses? or, why do tilt-shift movements appear to be incompatible with phase-detection autofocus?

I have never seen or heard of an autofocus tilt-shift (perspective control) lens. It seems like perspective control movements prevent phase-detection autofocus from working correctly; for example ...
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How can I vertically shift a Tilt-Shift lens in vertical (portrait) position?

I have a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II mounted on a Canon 5D Mk3. When I want to shoot a building tall enough without introducing distortions, I put the camera in landscape position, I shift my lens up ...
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What do I need to do tilt-shift with a micro four-thirds camera?

I'm a newbie when it comes to photography. I currently own a Panasonic Lumix GF1 and would like to learn the tilt-shift technique. How does it work, what tools do I need, what software do I need as ...
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Can Focus Stacking produce the same effect as Tilt-Shift?

A lens with a tilt adjustment is capable of producing a plane of sharpest focus that is not parallel to the image sensor. Could a lens with no tilt adjustment produce the same image, if many images ...
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Tilt-shift miniature effect from lens versus post-processing miniature effect [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get a miniature effect on pictures without special equipment? Miniature faking can be done in post-processing using in-camera software, other software, or sites ...
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Why not separate a tilt shift lens into two separate lenses?

When using a tilt shift lens I find myself using the two features of tilting and shifting for separate photos. If I want to control the depth of field such as in a portrait or macro shot I will tilt ...
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What is the difference between Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and I?

What are the major differences between version I and II of Canon 24mm tilt shift lens? Right now, used version I is half the price of II.
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How do aperture and the tilt portion of a tilt shift lens relate?

I have found that you can use the tilt feature of a tilt shift lens to do some pretty neat things with depth of field. I can throw it 8° to the right and everything on the left side of the image drops ...
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Nikon D800E: How does Image Quality compare between PC-E Lenses or Medium Format lenses (via adapter) for Tilt/Shift?

I have a Nikon D800E and want to have shift/tilt. I am mainly focused on having shift, because I want to stitch photos to get broader ratios without cropping. I am considering two options: Nikon ...
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Shift bellow for (canon) DSLR

I would like to know if there is any (reasonably priced) bellow to shift lenses for DSLR (preferably canon) using the same brand lenses. It seems something hard to find, even if I guess it would be ...
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How do I achieve this minature/tilt-shift effect?

I really like this photo and was wondering how I can achieve something similar? http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasasteratakis/6044310648/in/photostream I had a look at some tutorials to do with ...
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How To Make Photoshop CS6 Tilt-Shift Guidelines Reappear?

In Photoshop, the guidelines for the new blur effects (the lines that indicate which parts of the photo are being blurred and that can be moved, tilted, etc) completely disappeared. I'm assuming I ...
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Can I make real tilt-shift 2D photos from 3D Photos?

I have a 3D camera, i can shoot 3D stills, is there a plug-in or some sort of post-production method to estimate the distance from the camera to every single object in the scene (maybe a pixel ...
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Canon TS-E 24mm vs Hasselblad Tilt-Shift adapter

Our studio just purchased a new Hasselblad H4D (don't ask why & don't ask how much it cost) with some lenses and a tilt-shift adapter. OTOH, since I'm mostly photojournalist I'm considering to ...
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How do I create a tilt-shift photography effect? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the best way to create a tilt-shift photograph? How to get a miniature effect on pictures? I have seen in different places the tilt-shift photography ...
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Is there a way to create a tilt-shift photography effect without changing aperture? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get a miniature effect on pictures without special equipment? I recently asked a question that was closed, and this question is not the same. I am still trying to ...