Over the years, I’ve learned that even the slightest change of a subject’s stance or position can drastically alter the way the camera renders them. A tilt of the head here or a shift in stance there makes a big difference.
There’s a category of lenses, called tilt/shift, that can accomplish a similar feat. These lenses are designed to mechanically correct perspective in order to achieve a more clinical look. These lenses were designed for photographing static subjects like buildings or objects.
Like a lot of things related to memorable art, interesting outcomes happen when tools are employed contrary to their intended use. Shifting a lens in a way that intentionally distorts rather than corrects was probably not intended by the optics designers.
There aren’t any tilt-shift lenses in my inventory but I have plenty of perspective shifting strategies. This session from San Diego is a prime example.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.