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| p.3 #10 · How to do this incredible technique |
Explain how the shot of the dude looking down on the ci has the edge of his glasses closest to us in sharp focus, the edge far from us soft and the buildings in focus
Ok, this one has be a bit curious, and hoefully I can get to a camera next weekend to verify (I would this weekend except that my camera's in for repair, and using a Canon would be like me hooking up with a dude - I supposedly know how everything works but have never had to push those buttons in the right order before, so the experience would leave all dissatisfied, unfulfilled and me slightly wistful (Oh Nikon, why do you not have independent tilt/shift axes?)) .
How I would do it:
PC-E/TS-E (any of 24, 45 or 85 will do but this looks like a 45 or 85, 24 would need a dab of right shift as well as the tilt and perspective would be off unless this is a severe crop), set the subject's face to fill the frame, right tilt 5ish degrees (right tilt ensures you get a wedge of focus that fattens up from camera right, the FL chosen lets you get a nice perspective), shoot somewhat stopped down (exact amount depending on working distance), light the dude with a medium sized softbox at low power to get those profile highlights without sending the rest of the scene white (given the exposure on him, you might not even need anything more than a bright room light turned on, depending on time of day).
This is a 24mm PC-E using tilt the opposite way (to push the background OOF rather than increase, and have a little more depth of field in the profile of the face), so a camera left tilt rather than right tilt for a subject camera right.
Notice how her ear is quite OOF even though it's in the same plane as her cheekbone, and how the whole eye area is in focus but the background heavily OOF, and the focus falloff in the background, and this is a 24mm at f/3.5 on a crop sensor. Do the opposite, and presto, you have the shot.
Tilt gets you the DoF where you want it, on part of the subject and the entire background, shift gets the camera out of the shot though I'm betting it's a little shift + shot at an angle - a lot of shift on a 24 really distorts faces.
If it's a 5D/D700 etc, it's a 45mm or 85mm PC/TS-E, if a medium format, I'd bet on the 120mm PCTS.