Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Keith Loutit is the King of Tilt Shift Photography! Wait, what the hell is tilt shift?

I'm a huge fan of tilt shift. Tilt shift is a photographic technique that makes large or normal sized objects appear to be toys. I would get into it, but I'll let wikipedia explain it:

Tilt-shift photography refers to the use of camera movements on small- and medium format cameras; it usually requires the use of special lenses.

"Tilt-shift" actually encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that appears sharp; it makes use of the Scheimpflug principle. Shift is used to change the line of sight while avoiding the convergence of parallel lines, as when photographing tall buildings.

In many cases, "tilt-shift photography" refers to the use of tilt and a large aperture to achieve a very shallow depth of field.

Scheimpflug principle, um, yeah... I know all about that.
All I can say is the end result looks very surreal,
and is absolutely fascinating to watch.
Keith Loutit is probably one of the best at working this photographic magic.
I really recommend watching this in HD. To watch in HD, click HERE

Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

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