Free Lensing | Set your creativity free

Free lensing.
If you're a photographer and have heard a little about this technique... but don't know what exactly it is - welcome to the club! 
I had so many questions when I first learned about it. Mainly, what does it mean, how do I do it and how ~HOW~ does it create such soft and lovely images?

I hope to answer some of these questions for you with this free guide to this photography technique!

Free lensing technique on cherry blossom trees in Victoria, BC. 

Free lensing technique on cherry blossom trees in Victoria, BC. 

- Simply put, free lensing is just that -
setting your lens (and your creativity) free!

In order to accomplish this, you need a digital camera with a removable lens! 

First: turn on the Live View feature on your camera, so you can look through the LCD screen at your image while shooting. This helps with focusing and composing your images!

Second: take the lens off of your camera and hold it in your non-dominate hand,
still pressed against the opening.
(tip: first focus your lens on your subject, then switch to manual focus)

Third: play with rotating and angling your lens so that the subject is in focus. If you have too much light entering into the sensor, angle the lens away from the light source to change the desired effect. 

Photographing cherry blossoms on the University of Victoria campus, BC. 

Photographing cherry blossoms on the University of Victoria campus, BC. 

Seems simple enough! I thought I would give it a try, and I happened to be in Victoria during cherry blossom season.. Here are some of the results from my experimenting on campus. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't - but that is true of all new art techniques!

To me, photography is about creating art and I love the variety I captured trying this! 
I thought my first attempt was pretty successful, so I would try it on my work site at
Cole Island in Esquimalt Harbour, on Vancouver Island.
There was some lilac trees and succulents growing over the edge of the rocks. Turns out free lensing can be adventurous when you're on a cliffside over the Pacific, one hand gripping your camera body, the other your lens!! Luckily I didn't slip or fall.   

It takes a steady hand (and perhaps sometimes nerves of steel!) to accomplish free lensing, but you can do it too!

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The only things to really be concerned about is the initial fear of dropping your lens
or getting dust in your camera body. 
As long as you do things carefully, your camera and lens should both be safe!!
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So get out there and try it for yourself, I promise you won't be disappointed :) 

would LOVE to see your results too!
Tag me in your own images by using the hashtag #honeycouturephotography 

Photographer and Author
Melissa Blunden of Honey Couture Photography

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