The Thrill of Freelensing

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Toothbrush by Michael  The Thrill of Freelensing

Freelensing is a cool – and somewhat daring – photo technique that can help you achieve amazing shots without paying a ton of cash for specialty lenses. How to do it? Just shoot with your lens (very carefully!) unlocked from your camera body, and pivoted out from a few millimeters to several inches.

To get started, you’ll need a DSLR camera and a 50mm or greater lens. A great place to find step-by-step details is Luke Roberts’ visual guide, or Photojojo’s excellent tutorial. Get inspired with a few more freelens shots like the one above (it’s a toothbrush, by the way) at Gizmodo.

A few words of caution as you start your freelensing adventure: You’re exposing your camera’s insides to moisture and dust, so keep the time your lens is unsealed as short as possible by planning your shot. And hang on to that lens tightly while you’re shooting. As you probably already know, replacing that lens won’t be free.

Chili Peppers by Nils Rohwer The Thrill of Freelensing

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