I'm comfortable with the tilt/swing angle methodology suggested in this forum fo r use when photographing scenes at a distance (focus far, tilt/swing until near is in focus and then iterate). This technique does not work when doing table to p work.
When doing close-up work, the technique I use is to simply visualize the operati ve planes (focus, lens and film) and estimate what tilt will be required, and us e that as a starting point. Sometimes I'll even take pieces of wood, and place them in the planes to help my visualization. My question is simple - Is there a better methodology?