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A Guide To Using Tilt And Shift Lenses

We all love large prints of landscape photographs which contain strong foreground subjects set against captivating distant vistas. To look perfect, these prints require both foreground and distant features to be pin sharp with lots of image detail. There are several ways in which to aspire to this ideal, but one of the best is to use tilt and shift lenses. That is why I use them, but they have other benefits too.

DSLR users with a tilt and shift lens (TS-E lens in Canon terms) can achieve much in the same way that large format photographers can with their camera and lens movements. It takes a bit of practice but the results make the effort worthwhile. A tilt and shift lens is a standard prime lens which allows the front element to be tilted (angled up or down), or shifted (moved parallel to the lens axis), or both. They incorporate a rotating mount so that these movements can be...

Read this article, and many more, in High Definition, inside Issue 27 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Mike Bell

Mike is a landscape photographer based in Perthshire, Scotland where his photographs have been used by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, Visit Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and local tourist associations.

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