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    Aperture for tilt-shift photography with 8x10" and 300mm

    Hi all,

    I tried to do a tilt miniature photo from a distance (several hundred meters). I used a 8x10" camera with a 300mm lens using f/22. I assumed that this aperture would be shallow enough since it is LF (Im a newbie), to get stuff out off focus, but it wasn't.

    So I am curious to know what kind of apertures you guys using 8x10" and 300mm are operating with when doing tilt-shift on various distances?

    Cheers
    Peter

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    Re: Aperture for tilt-shift photography with 8x10" and 300mm

    I never tilt to get things out of focus; rather the opposite. But why shoot at f/22 instead of wide open if your goal is a shallow depth of field? That's what I would do!

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    Re: Aperture for tilt-shift photography with 8x10" and 300mm

    The amount you can tilt or shift a given lens at a particular aperture without vignetting part of the image is dependent upon the usable image circle of that specific
    lens. Not all 300's are the same. Some has lots of wiggle room, some don't.

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    I'm keen to try out that miniature look you get when you tilt, and I assumed that a shallow dof enhances that effect. Helpful link - thanks :-) I got the 300mm f5.6 Fujinon W so coverage is fine I suppose. Cheers :-)

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    You typically use tilt to get everything from near to far IN FOCUS. If you just want shallow depth of field, the combination of a long lens and wide aperture
    is the ticket. But if you're just trying to do something weird, well, fool around with you camera adjustments any way you wish, and simply evaluate the result on the groundglass.

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    Re: Aperture for tilt-shift photography with 8x10" and 300mm

    "The ground glass is TRUTH". If you do not see it there—it is not there.

    Use a dark cloth or hood and watch what happens on the GG while tilting and focusing. Compose and focus wide-open. Use the movements you want and create the selective focus you want. Make your exposure decisions and stop down as little as possible. You may have to use a fast shutter speed and widest aperture.

    Let us know how it turns out.
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    Re: Aperture for tilt-shift photography with 8x10" and 300mm

    Thanks for that. I'll let you know and post a photo as soon I have tried this out.
    Cheers

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    Re: Aperture for tilt-shift photography with 8x10" and 300mm

    I imagine you'll want the lens somewhere between 5.6 and 11ish.

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    Re: Aperture for tilt-shift photography with 8x10" and 300mm

    Cheers - thanks for the tip :-)

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