Tilt-shift photography is the use of camera movements that change the orientation of the lens with respect to the image sensor, or by applying the effect of a shallow depth of field in post-processing software. In practice, this makes a real-world scene appear as a miniature or toy scene, such as you might find in a model railroader’s setup.
Mini house on the lake
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“The creaminess and the bokeh are unreal… I definitely think the Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM lens was made for portraits.” Canon Ambassador Rosie Hardy reveals the stories behind her recent portrait series, which combine creative techniques with the shallow depth of field afforded by the newest Canon RF lens.
Canon Ambassador Rosie Hardy is known for romantic and highly creative portraits that combine beautiful models with offbeat and fantasy elements. Her unique style has brought her a successful career in celebrity portrait, fashion and wedding photography, and a huge social media following.
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The Best Lens for Shooting Portraits?
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Le bokeh en photographie se caractérise par une profondeur de mise au point très faible pour que les détails de l’arrière-plan soient vu comme à travers une brume. Le bokeh révèle l’invisible – l’air, la nuit, la poésie. Utilisé de manière créative, il permet aux photographes d’obtenir des effets visuels photographiques incomparables.
Bokeh is a Japanese word meaning ‘blur’, and describes the pleasing or aesthetic quality of the out-of-focus blur in a photograph.
The human eye is, however, unable to perceive this unsharpness in the real world. This is the reason why pictures with bokeh always appear magical, surreal or fanciful.
To illustrate wonderful bokeh, you need a foreground that is not so far away and a background with contrasts, small elements and highlights to enable you to see very beautiful, soft and flowing light.
The well-proportioned gentleness of the light relegates what goes on in the background to secondary importance. In this way, the photographer decides on the message to be transported by the picture.
What characterises a good picture?
Bokeh-lovers would answer: a depth of focus as shallow as possible and background details as if seen through a mist. Photos with bokeh reveal the invisible – the air, the night, poetry.
The term bokeh originates from the Japanese word for ‘unsharp’ or ‘diffused’, and describes the parts of a picture that are not sharply rendered.
This unsharpness is by no means due to any form of aberration caused by the lens, it is much more the unsharpness in front of and behind the plane of focus that results from the chosen parameters – focal length, aperture and the distance from the main subject. In terms of the desired visual effect, background-bokeh is often more important than foreground-bokeh.
Bokeh pictures always have something magical, surreal or fanciful about them. The bokeh-technique is particularly suitable for the communication of moods. The intensity of bokeh varies from lens to lens. A useful rule-of-thumb says: the faster the lens, the more pronounced the bokeh.
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