Photographer Vincent Laforet has recently been getting a lot of attention for his aerial work with shift lenses. After seeing his feature in a recent New York Times Magazine, I decided I’d take out a few of our old shift lenses and go for a walk in the garden.
Typically used to correct distortion in architectural photography, shift lenses can also be used to create a false sense of closeness by mimicking an extremely shallow depth of field. Such a shallow depth of field — or the amount of the image that is in sharp focus — is usually only attainable when viewing a subject from a short distance.
You can hear Vincent speak on his techinique and see examples of his work with shift lenses HERE.