I’m not a huge fan of straight up, head shot type portraits. They bore me and I feel like they lack dimension and emotion. I strive to create something different when I’m in the studio, and one of my favorite ways to achieve that is with a tilt-shift lens.
Tilt-Shift lenses are super complicated, and I’m still learning how to use them effectively and understand how they work. I tend to avoid them when I’m shooting landscapes (because I always get it wrong), but LOVE them in the studio. The depth of field and plane of focus is all over the place and it’s so hit or miss, but the subject is large enough in the viewfinder to be able to see right away when I’ve nailed it.
The look is different and can be quite compelling. Some of my favorite portraits I’ve ever made have been done with this complicated but beautiful lens. Maybe someday I’ll master it, but for now I’ll have to rely on luck to get the photo I want.
A Buddhist monk prays at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, a coal miner waits for a bus after exiting the underground of the Zasyadko mine following an explosion in Donetsk,
Ukraine and Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees follows through on a
hit against the Philadelphia Phillies during a spring training game at
Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, widows daubed in colors dance as they take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organization Sulabh International at a widows’ ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and women are reflected in a puddle as they walk in front of the Palace of Culture during rainy day in Warsaw are some of the photos of the day.