It’s a little-known fact, but if you remove the lens from your SLR and hold it a few centimetres away from your camera you can still take a picture. The technique, known as freelensing, allows you to twist and alter the angle of the lens, which shifts and skews the plane of focus. This can create wonderful painterly effects.
While the process itself is relatively straightforward, it also involves a lot of trial and error. There’s an element of chance to capturing a good shot, and you’ll need to experiment with the twist and angle of the lens – bend the lens towards your light source to avoid light leak.
It’s nearly impossible to get the lens into the same position twice, so it’s equally tricky to replicate a successful shot. This is one of the technique’s most frustrating, but also most rewarding, features – if you persist you’ll soon get the knack.