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freelensing

Published February 10th, 2013

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.

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portrait

  • February 10th, 2013
  • Canon 7D
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portrait

  • February 10th, 2013
  • Canon 7D
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portrait

  • February 10th, 2013
  • Canon 7D
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portrait

  • February 10th, 2013
  • Canon 7D
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coffee cup

  • February 10th, 2013
  • Canon 7D
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spoon

  • February 10th, 2013
  • Canon 7D
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light

  • February 10th, 2013
  • Canon 7D
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freelensing #8

  • February 10th, 2013
  • Canon 7D
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  • February 10th, 2013
  • Canon 7D
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portrait

  • February 10th, 2013
  • Canon 7D

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anish shrestha  over 2 years ago
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awesome shots!!
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Alejandro Ilukewitsch  over 2 years ago
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Excellent job! Will give it a try as well. Done it before with my nikon and focusing was never achieved. Well try it now with the omd, maybe because of the evf I can achieve easier focusing. Any tips on how to achieve such a great focus as you have done? Thanks!
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Kailash Gyawali  over 2 years ago
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thanks Alejandro for appreciating my work, well I used 50mm f/1.8 II lens to shoot all the above photos, turning the live view on in my 7D and moving my camera forward and backward until i get that focus and tilting the lens i was able to grab some nice sharp focused shots, did more and will uploading soon and please do share your freelensing shots as well, excited to see them and take care
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Mohan Duwal  over 2 years ago
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very cool
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Kailash Gyawali  over 2 years ago
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thanks mohan