Free Tilt-Shift Instructional Videos: Part III – Shift and Tilt Movements In Camera

Today we feature two videos: the first one shows how the basic shift and tilt movements of a tilt-shift lens looks through the camera. Our subject is a metal wall from the Nordegg Mine. See how shift and tilt alters the view of this ‘exciting’ subject!

The second video illustrates how we use tilt on the tilt-shift lens to alter the plane of focus to match the subject plane. What the heck does this mean? Watch the video to find out more.

Shot with a 24mm tilt-shift lens with no tilt at an aperture of f3.5; we only get a thin slice of focus!

Shot with a 24mm tilt-shift lens at f3.5 but, this time, the lens was tilted so that the plane of focus matched the subject plane. Now even at f3.5 the entire wall is sharp!

From a practical point of view we use tilt all the time in our landscape photos to ‘bend’ the plane of focus to match the subject plane. For example, in the image of the Iceland church below I used 90mm tilt-shift lens with the lens tilted down so that that lupines, church and mountain all aligned into one plane of focus. Without tilt, I would never achieve focus across the whole scene even with an aperture of f22!

By tilting the lens to match the subject plane and by using an aperture of f13 to add depth-of-field to areas falling out of the subject plane, I was able to get the lupines at my feet and the distant mountains all in focus even with a telephoto focal length (90mm).

Here is what the scene looked like with the lens tilted out of the subject plane!

The new eBook on tilt-shift lenses has also just been released!

About the Author

I am a Canadian landscape and outdoor photographer who loves long hikes in the woods, yummy food, hairy dogs, good company and a good guitar jam.


  1. ilan zvuluni
    August 1, 2012

    thank you for a great work and effort! it really helps me considering the 24mm or the 17mm. it was really helpful to understand that ‘monster lens’. thanks again

  2. Julie
    August 1, 2012

    Thanks Darwin and Samantha for all your effort, really loving the videos.

  3. Jane Chesebrough
    August 1, 2012

    A very clear concise demo that has enlightened me on how the tilt-shift works. Thank you, Darwin and Samantha.

  4. Kyle McDougall
    August 20, 2012

    Great set of videos guys! Very informative. Looking to get into the tilt/shift market in the next little while so I certainly appreciate all of the information you guys are getting out there. Will certainly be investing in the e-book!


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