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04/22/2018 11:51:26 AM · #1
I'd be very interested if anyone else has similar feelings about tilt-shift photography. I viewed samples in Google searches and in DPC archives and I'm not a fan. The out-of-focus portion of these photos bothers my eyes, even with reading glasses.
04/22/2018 12:20:15 PM · #2
Depends... are you speaking of the "miniature effect" either with actual tilt or faux tilt applied in post? Or other uses of tilt?

I'm definitely not a fan of the faux tilt effects for the most part, although for some scenes I've seen it pulled off quite well. Using actual tilt in-camera, my reaction again depends on the scene, and it's an effect that wears thin fairly quickly, IMO. Not something I want to look at all the time, but occasionally a cool effect.

There are other applications of tilt that don't necessarily involve the potentially jarring OOF effects, like increasing apparent DoF on a scene by tilting the plane of focus. Shift is usually used for different applications, like perspective control, or panorama stitching.
04/22/2018 01:04:40 PM · #3
I understand the concept of DoF and have used this in my own photos. I think it must be the faux tilt effect that is difficult to look at. My reaction is wanting to refocus on the part of the image that is OOF. Thanks for clarifying this for me (no pun intended).
04/22/2018 09:12:02 PM · #4
One of it's biggest uses, to my knowledge, is in architectural photography to be able to shoot buildings without them appearing to lean back. These days this effect can be easily controlled in post but I'm not sure if using a specialist lens isn't seen as a more 'pure' approach or perhaps it is just better.
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