Taking Panoramic photos with my Tilt Shift Lens

I have to be honest, I have struggled to get up early enough to catch the sunrise. During daylight savings sunrise is super early, and it is disappointing when I get up early and the sunrise is a fizzer! Especially when this has happened to me several times.

On this particular morning I was reminded why getting up early is so important, if I had stayed in bed, I wouldn’t have captured this amazing light!

Sunrise Panoramic over the Opera House

Panoramic Images with a Tilt Shift Lens

With the launch of my new Lens Hire business, I have a few new lenses to play with, and one that I was eager to try was the Tilt Shift Lens. I knew that you could make a ‘miniature’ effect with these lenses and wanted to give it a go.

Vertical PanoAfter a few months of making stuff look small I started to really see how good a tilt shift lens is for eliminating distortion, particularly distortion created by tilting a lens up or down.

Usually, when I tilt one of my regular lenses to fit everything in, I will get buildings and other straight stuff bending and leaning in all over the place, a tilt shift lens was designed to combat that issue.

The Tilt Shift Pano

A few months ago, I decided to get more focused on panoramic photography, and had always battled with stitching a crazy amount of images together to create one photo, software is good, but it sometimes struggles with so many files. I decided to see if I could use the tilt shift lens to take 2 images and join them together to make a pano.

Basically, I take one photo with the lens shifted all the way to the left, then I shift the lens all the way to the right and take another photo. That’s it! Then I join them together using photoshop where I also do my post processing.

The Vertical Pano

Something I have seen a lot of recently is vertical panoramic images, once again, with the tilt shift lens it is super easy, rotate the lens so the shift function now shifts up and down, shift down take a photo then shift all the way up and take a second photo, join them together in Photoshop and I have a vertical pano.

Tutorial Coming Soon

I have already been asked by several people to make a tutorial for this, I will work on making that happen soon! Make sure you subscribe to my newsletter and you will be one of the first to hear about it!

Cheers, Ben.

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