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Tilt-Shift photography? Anyone have experience with this?

Posted Thursday, July 7, 2011, at 9:52 AM

Basically this appears to take a real photograph or movie and make it appear unreal. Hmmmm, seems like just yesterday we worked hard to make things look real, like 3-D.

Anyway, I am not sure how this works but the demo video from Disney was interesting.

Has anyone used this? Does it work with still photography?


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Apparently it is not new to our daughter. She likes it best on landscapes. It made the Disney buildings look like models

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 11:10 AM

Steve: Tilt-shift photography first showed up many years ago when photographers mostly used large view cameras with bellows, and by "tilting" and "shifting" the front lens and/or the film plate, you could change perspective. Architectural photographers were the major users. It allowed them to "correct" the keystone effect that you get when looking up at a building, tree, etc.

Modern day lens makers in recent years developed lens with the ability to do that...again primarily used by architect and landscape photographers. It's a useful tool for the professional, or an expensive toy for the hobbyists.

-- Posted by marnold1118 on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 2:46 PM

I was not aware it could give the result they seem to be achieving, making things seems unreal. I used to do something like this with the bellows of an enlarger, but it was to correct issues not to make special effects.

While I am sure I will never buy a modern day lens, I would like to see one, just to learn. Are they something a camera store like Wolf's or Dury's might carry or just special order?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 3:48 PM

Steve, I'd rather think that Dury's (downtown Nashville) would be your best bet to look.

-- Posted by marnold1118 on Fri, Jul 8, 2011, at 10:58 AM

I have not been there in a long time. It will be a good reason to go back.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 8, 2011, at 11:13 AM

I have not been there in a long time. It will be a good reason to go back.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 8, 2011, at 12:33 PM

Hmmm, I am seeing double. I guess I REALLY need to get back to Dury's.

That brings a question to mind, is there a good photography shop South of Nashville?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jul 9, 2011, at 7:30 AM

Couchs in Tullahoma and Bateys in Murfreesboro was where I went for my camera needs but I believe they have now gone by the wayside. I know Bateys is definitely. I hate to say it but if you want camera gear you may have to head to Nashville.

-- Posted by Photographer one on Tue, Jul 19, 2011, at 9:59 PM

I Went looking for Batey's a few years ago. I believe the fellow I used to talk to all the time was Spencer, but yes, they are no more.

I used to frequent the Dury's at 100 Oaks and only been to their Ewing Avenue location once. I thought that was the only one left, but Googled another on West End.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 20, 2011, at 5:31 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.