Do you ever feel you are getting bored with your work? Or you maybe had a long season of shooting work for clients and need something personal to work on in your photography life? I get it. It happens to me often. One of my favourite techniques to play around with is called freelensing. Freelensing is when you detach your lens from your camera body, and hold it with your other hand close to the camera, creating a sort of tilt-shift look. It takes practice, and stability (you don’t want to drop your lens!) and I would not try it on a windy day in the desert, but with time and a willingness to experiment you can get some really cool unique shots! Many people will use a 50mm lens when they are starting out. Its light and easy to move around, plus the price tag is a little less heartcrushing if you were to drop it! My personal favourite lens to use is my 85mm 1.8. I get the best results with it. You can find more detailed tutorials online if you search.
This week we finally had some evening sun so I took my son out to play around with freelensing. Some are more in focus than others. Some the focus fell on some part of the frame other than his face. But what I love about freelensing is the ability to just let yourself go, be free with your shooting and enjoy the imperfect results. Some of my most favourite freelensed images are the ones with the least amount of the frame in focus.
I also love how a simple image, that could potentially just be considered “boring”, ends up evoking so much emotion with the added element of blur or movement.
Try it out and let us know what you thought!
These images were freelensed using my 35L 1.4. I do not recommend using this lens, or any L glass/professional lens for freelensing. It was just what was on my camera and the sun was almost gone so I did not want to run inside and get another lens!