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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Food photography - Does one need a TS lens or TS adapter ??



Hi,

Does one need a TS-lens or a TS-adapter for food photography?
I know that it can be very interesting to blur to one's wishes the
foreground as well as the background with a TS-lens or TS-adapter.
However, my concern has to do more with the "roundnes" of the
plate. With a regular lens, as I understand, one may not be able
to prevent the plate from getting the shape of an oval when angling
the camera on a tripod. Sometimes a picture of the full
plate is demanded, but it can be hard to avoid the plate deforming
and starting to look like an oval. Is it necessary a TS-lens or
TS-adapter?

Here is a video made with a TS-lens. In any case, if I one has to buy
tilt and shift for the camera, I would feel more atracted to using a
TS-adapter, instead of buying a TS-lens because I already have a
couple of lenses that I could use with an adapter.

The first video is this one. It is with a TS-lens:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ztSd9_TJ6o

The following two videos show the photographer, David Loftus,
who works with Jamie Olivier. In the first video, he talks about
what makes a good food photographer and shows some shots.
It seemed to me that in a few of them the plate had an oval
shape. In the second video he talks about the lenses he uses.

Video 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AH8MYyTwDc

Video 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHdKFSW2-rw

These are pictures taken from above and there are no problems
with the oval shape produced when angling. The pictures are
very nice and they may give you an idea for a few dishes for
Thanksgiving:
http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/vegetarian-thanksgiving#!slide=1

In this video, they take pictures of food, bt the plates are mostly not
round-shaped. At the end of the video, one can also see a few shots of
interiors made with wide angles. I wonder if these shots were as wide
as to be made with a 25 mm. lens (in 35 mm. format) or wider:
http://vimeo.com/70531535

Thank you very much in advance, kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!










Nov 14, 2013 at 12:07 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Food photography - Does one need a TS lens or TS adapter ??


So the lenses that you have in mind to use with a TS adapter all have sufficiently large image circles to permit the shift movements?!


Nov 14, 2013 at 04:25 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Food photography - Does one need a TS lens or TS adapter ??


A 45 or even 90 TS can be useful for food. In the old days we used 4x5 and shot polaroids first.

EBH



Nov 14, 2013 at 07:08 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Food photography - Does one need a TS lens or TS adapter ??


Hi,

Thank you for your messages : ) !!1


wilt wrote:
So the lenses that you have in mind to use with a TS adapter all have sufficiently large image circles to permit the shift movements?!

Yes, they are medium format lenses : ) !!! I just don't know how fast will it be to focus and get the lens ready to take pictures.

EB-1 wrote:
A 45 or even 90 TS can be useful for food. In the old days we used 4x5 and shot polaroids first.
EBH

But, is it possible to correct the "ovalness" with a TS-lens or a lens with an TS-adapter ??

Thank you again, kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!



Nov 14, 2013 at 01:38 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Food photography - Does one need a TS lens or TS adapter ??


The shape of a plate is entirely dependent on where you stand with respect to the plate.
No lens will fix that.
Plates that appear round are shot from directly overhead and thus appear circular.
If you shoot at any angle other than that the plates will begin to look oval.
This is not a problem as that is how plates look when viewed by the diner.
Where this becomes a problem is when one uses a FL too short for the subject. IOW if you chose a 24 mm lens and got very close to the plate the perspective distortion would become annoying.

Photographers choose the TS lenses in food photography for increasing or decreasing the DOF in their image just as was explained in the first video. Note also that these very accomplished photographers made no mention of the ovalness of plates and in fact showed many examples of such shots. Any magazine will show you plates that are oval.

If you want round plates get directly overhead and shoot straight down with a lens you already own. I would recommend at least 50mm or longer on FF.
Simple as that.



Nov 20, 2013 at 08:23 PM





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