Freelensing is a photography technique where the photographer detaches the camera lens from the body of the camera and moves it around to change the orientation of the plane of focus. The effect is very similar to using a tilt-shift lens, but you can do it with one of several different prime lenses you may already own. It’s for this reason that freelensing has been called the “poor man’s” tilt shift, however, freelensing offers a very cool bonus of natural light leaks since the lens is detached from the camera. The most popular lens for freelensing is the 50mm. I usually use my Canon 50mm 1.4 with good results. I sometimes use my Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens because it’s what’s usually attached to my camera and it’s just more convenient-though it’s more hit or miss than my 50mm.
I love the creativity and unpredictability of freelensing and it often produces very beautiful effects in photographs that can’t be easily replicated in any other way. It takes a lot of practice, but the effort is well worth the results!!
Stay tuned for future posts featuring my freelensing work!!