Simulating a Shift Lens: Why and How

Here are 4 pictures illustrating why you might need a shift lens and how you can just substitute a wide-angle lens instead.

When you shoot at an angle, parallel lines appear distorted and only part of the target plane is focused. A tilt lens would cure the focus, but an even better solution would be a shift lens to enable shooting perpendicular to the target.

When you shoot at an angle, parallel lines appear distorted and only part of the target plane is focused. A tilt lens would cure the focus, but an even better solution would be a shift lens to enable shooting perpendicular to the target.

Attempting to shoot perpendicular to the target to improve perspective and focus can result in problems like the camera’s shadow. It can even be impossible to be get a centered perpendicular shot when the target is a tall building.

Attempting to shoot perpendicular to the target to improve perspective and focus can result in problems like the camera’s shadow. It can even be impossible to be get a centered perpendicular shot when the target is a tall building.

I don’t have a shift lens, but I do have a large sensor, wide lens and way more megapixels than necessary. I can simulate a shift lens by using only part of the frame like this and cropping it.

I don’t have a shift lens, but I do have a large sensor, wide lens and way more megapixels than necessary. I can simulate a shift lens by using only part of the frame like this and cropping it.

Here’s the final result.

Here’s the final result.