Have you ever seen a photo that seemed a bit unreal. It might look like it was taken from an impossible perspective. Or it might have a depth of field or selective focus that doesn’t seem natural.
This is likely the work of tilt-shift photography. Tilt-shift photography involves the use of special lenses (or special cameras) that allow the photographer to manipulate the plane of focus.
Let’s take a look at a tilt-shift photo below:
Camera: Canon 5d MK II
Lens: TS-E 45mm f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/400sec
This image is of a city bus in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was taken during golden hour, an hour or so before sunset, giving that nice, warm light.
How It Was Shot:
This particular photo is an example of tilting the lens.
Notice how the top part of the image is quite out of focus. The pavement and lower part of the bus are also out of focus. Now notice how the sharp part of the image is basically a strip that follows the lower half of the windows on the bus. You can see how the sharp part of the image stretches backwards into the scene, so the people behind, waiting at the bus stop, are also sharp.
One of the cool things about tilt-shift is its ability to blur out things that would normally be in focus (like the tree), allowing you to get really interesting and dramatic background blur.
How It Was Processed:
The photo was shot in RAW and processed in Adobe Lightroom.
Fill Light was increased quite a bit in order to balance out the bright sky. Brightness was also increased.
The image was also a bit washed out (no pure blacks) so the Blacks slider was increased. This naturally increased contrast, but the Contrast slider was also increased to give it even more.
Clarity was increased to make this photo pop a bit more. Since tilt-shift photography often produces a super narrow band of focus Clarity and Sharpening can help your subject pop out a bit more.
Vibrance was increased to enhances the colours of the bus (while not over saturating the yellows and oranges)
Finally the Temperature slider was adjusted to warm up the image.
Time Spent Processing: 5 minutes