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To Tilt or not to Tilt?
Old 07-20-2005, 11:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, give it to me straight, no sugar coating. I've been told that the "tilt" is an internet fad and a tool of the amateur photographer.

Does it work for everyone (anyone)?


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Re: To Tilt or not to Tilt?
Old 07-20-2005, 12:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As with most everything in life, it depends. I use tilt a lot because I like angles and I don't own a zoom. Sometimes the only way I can fit everything I want in the frame is to tilt because my back is at the wall. Tilting the camera has been around long before the internet, so I don't think its a fad. Amateurs might use it, but if it makes a great image then why should a professional discount it as a valid technique? Personally, I think there might be a little too much tilt in your image, but a little wouldn't hurt it either.

Here is one of mine where I'm on my toes and my back is against the bricks. I tilted because I didn't want to amputate any limbs and Jacki's legs had to be in the frame. Notice that Jacki has the illusion of being upright in my image so the tilt effect is dampened.
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I still think Tilt is a result. . .
Old 07-20-2005, 01:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Of banging the machine too hard! . . .any machine! . . .especially cameras.
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Re: To Tilt or not to Tilt?
Old 07-20-2005, 03:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think it tends to be overdone especially when it gets used too often at the expense of other better ways of composing most photos. There are always situations where in can work, and might be the right choice, but I think you really need to know why you are doing it.

Now, what is probably better in most cases, is to have the subject tilt and keep the background level. That adds greater interest and shows that one had a plan. Just to tilt the camera, or rotate the photo after the fact, doesn't really show that much skill, in my view.



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