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Using a Tilt-Shift for a large group?

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Dec 01, 2016 10:55 |  #1

I'm the owner of a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens which I mostly use for architecture. I'd like to start using it for photographing large groups of people. While it seems possible to use tilt to keep the faces of an entire group of people in focus, I can't seem to find any examples of this actually being done. I don't want to "try" this for the first time with paying clients so I haven't had the chance to try it myself.

So, for those of you who have done this, can you please enlighten me, show some examples, etc.?

I'd like to know if this is realistically possible or just hypothetically possible.

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Dec 02, 2016 00:00 |  #2

That's my go-to lens for group shots, and I've used shift for plenty of them. Tilt, however, I haven't. It requires very careful and precise movements, and careful placement of subjects. So far, I haven't found a single group that has had the patience to stand there till I get it right.

Besides, shooting at f/8 or f/11 makes the use of the Scheimpflug Principle kind of moot with a wide angle. Now, a longer lens is a whole different animal.

I know that really doesn't answer your question, but when it comes to work, practicality trumps fiddling. Now, you get 20+ people willingly to hold still for you to practice, I'll be tempted to envy you.

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Dec 02, 2016 01:41 |  #3

If there is setup to be done for a group shot, I think it is wiser to do it before they show up. :)

Let's say they will be on bleachers. Set up your camera on a tripod, have your assistant sit in the center and focus. Then they can move to various positions while you get it right.

If it were me, I would find practice situations (sporting events, crowds) and work out the details.

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