But why free-lens when you can use Lensbaby, right? So this post is for you if you’re looking to learn more about this wonderful creative corner in the world of photography.
I’ll go over what exactly a Lensbaby is, what it’s used for, and the lenses worth considering.
Let’s begin with our definitions.
What Is Lensbaby?
First things first:
What is Lensbaby?
A lensbaby is a type of lens or optic for your camera that creates a plethora of different effects to your photos and videos.
These effects range from creating special bokeh, to soft glow around your subjects, even to manipulating perspectives (for example, tilt-shift photography).
Lensbaby products can come as either just a lens, an optic, or a collection of lenses and optics.
Some of those are compatible with specific types of cameras than others. For example, the Sol 45 lens is compatible with DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, while the Sol 22 is only compatible with Micro 4/3rds cameras.
This brand also manufactures attachments for their lenses.
Their “OMNI Creative Filter System” is a collection of add-ons that attach to your lens to produce additional effects to your pictures, specifically designed with Lensbaby lenses in mind.
And if filters are not what you’re looking for, they offer optic options for you to choose from. Mods galore!
Initially, some might think using a Lensbaby is a quick way to make a rather dull shot more interesting. That’s not necessarily untrue.
Using a Lensbaby can definitely spark new ideas that you can explore further. Capturing a different perspective can inspire you to modify your composition into something more inherently interesting.
As any photographer or videographer would know, some of the best shots come out of a moment of inspiration, a vague and daring intuition that trying something slightly differently might accomplish what you want to accomplish.
For example, filming birds on a beach with the Sweet Spot optic on during golden hour might give you the transition shot you needed for your project.
It’s a productive way of getting accustomed to the lensbaby and exploring ideas with a new type of lens or optic. But it’s not its only function.
Capturing a scene organically is a major advantage of using these lenses.
Nothing beats the creative surge of the moment. Having a specialized lens on-hand allows you to create more efficiently and creatively in the moment.
Rather than composing your shots with post-production in mind, Lensbaby lenses give you the option to explore those shots as you take them.
Imagine snapping pictures of a motocross rider mid-air performing a bike flip in front of thousands of attendees using a Swirl optic. Talk about a dare shot!
You’re essentially capturing the dizzying sensation of executing a bike flip in a photograph; the subject perfectly still in mid-air, the audience in motion all around them.
With the Filter Ring, you can mystify your photos and transport them to a different world.
The crystal effect wand can be used to deliver a sense of wonder and fantasy. Pair that up with a Velvet optic, and you’ve fashioned yourself a dream scene.
Place a subject in front of a non-busy background and attach the crystal wand onto your lens. Configure your settings, focus on your subject, and take your picture.
The resulting photo is of a subject in sharp focus, with smooth and glowy edges, a soft bokeh background, and crystal refractions scattered all over the image, evoking a dreamy environment that’s sure to transport the viewer to a different world.
All this with one subject, a background, a Lensbaby lens, and filter ring.
These are just some of the ways you can take advantage of the novel compositions possible with this brand products.
Lensbaby Photography: Thoughts?
Using a Lensbaby really depends on the type of images you want to capture. They’re not made for everybody, but they’re a creative option if you’re looking for a specific effect.
They’re also just fun to use on a whim, experimenting with ludicrous angles and filters.
Many of their lenses and optics are reasonably priced, too; at least, relatively speaking.
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