tilt/shift photography!!!!!!!

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    my friend showed me something called tilt/shift photography and went online to find a tilt/shift lens, but sadly they are around 1800 dollars, is there a way to simulate tilt/shift with a normal lens?
     
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    There was a thread not long ago asking about that...

    One person suggested to just hold the lens up to the mount and move it around. Not perfect, but it would work. You would surely have some light leaks though...

    Lensbabies are pretty much T/S lenses. They just don't shift. Tilt only.
     
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    can you please explain more on this, i didnt quite understand....nevermind, do you mean not actually having the lens locked into the camera and hold the lens up to the body and tilt it and whatnot? i should try this, but how does shutter speed and aperture play into this?
     
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    The "shift" and "rise/fall" are fairly easy to simulate in Photoshop using perspective correction.

    The "tilt" will more of a challenge. I JUST saw that here somewhere, but can't recall where. It involves making multiple exposures, all focused at gradually increasing depths and then stitching or merging the images somehow.

    -Pete
     
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    Yes, just hold it up to the mount by hand. You might be able to rig up some kind of rubber boot to help make it light tight.

    You won't be able to autofocus, and you'll have to shoot in Manual mode.
    Metering will still work fine, but you will only have control over aperture if your lens has an aperture ring. Shutter speed will basically be the only way you'll be able to control the exposure. (or ISO)

    On Canon lenses, you can can sort of get around that by holding the DOF preview button down as you remove the lens.

    Mount lens to camera, select aperture, hold down DOF preview, remove lens. It will still be stopped down. To get the aperture opened up again, just mount the lens back onto the camera (with the camera on, of course).

    The same trick probably works for other brands too, but I've never tried it.
     
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    almost like old stereoscopic photos used for old 3d stereoscopes
     
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    my D3000 wont let me take pictures without the lens on it :(
     
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    No... not really. Well, not at all.

    Stereoscope photos were just that: stereo images. Two images made at slightly different angels to provide a 3D effect when viewed together.

    Tilting a lens allows the plane of focus to be different than a static lens standard. The lens and sensor will no longer be on parallel planes.

    If you were making a table-top photograph of something not so tall... say a book. Tilting the lens forward would allow you to have the entire surface of the book cover come into focus while working with a large aperture.

    I hope this isn't confusing.

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    Even in manual mode?

    That sucks... That would mean lots of interesting things like pinhole, t-rings (for mounting to a telescope), the use of any lens that would require an adapter, etc, would not be possible.
     
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    oooo, i forgot manual mode
     
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    i tried it in manual mode, and it worked, but im not really getting the tilt/shift effect, the pictures just come out as they normally would, how close to i hold the lens to the body?
     

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