Assignment 3.0 || Free Lensing

Hey guys!

It’s been a little longer no post for this blog than Crystal Ice Studio. But I am here with a new post, and also a semi-new concept to me. Now, before anyone starts asking questions about free lensing…I am not a pro. It’s new to me too. I have a lot of fun, and I’m convinced it’s all experimentation, but this is still a pretty new deal for me.


What is free lensing?

Well, basically it’s when your lens is off the camera. It’s not attached to the camera mount. Your lens isΒ free.Β So complicated, right?

The catch is that all focusing is done using your hand at different angles, and your manual focus ring.

Another catch is that if you’re a Nikon user, free lensing is more difficult because your aperture ring won’t want to stay where you put it. But don’t worry, there ARE ways to get around it.




My images…













Do I think you should try it out?

Yes, yes I do. It is a whole lot of fun, plus you can get the neatest and most unusual planes of focus. When the lens is attached there are only so many focus options {especially if you’re stuck on an entry-level camera like I am}, but with your lens unattached…boom! Your options are so much greater. If you’re new, doing these next things will really help.

  1. Experiment.
  2. Don’t freak out if it doesn’t look great the first time.
  3. Watch or read an article with the basics. {there are really only basic instructions}
  4. Try free lensing at least three or four times before you decide if it’s for you or not.

It’s especially fun in portraits, and in nature-y shots. I have a lot of watercolor-y looking pictures above of winter ‘fall’ leaves from Texas. I also have some portraits. Basically, I just kept on taking pictures and having fun. And it was fun. πŸ˜€



17 thoughts on “Assignment 3.0 || Free Lensing

  1. Ooh, all your photos are beautiful! I just got a Canon Rebel T6 for Christmas!

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    1. Emmaline Figura January 2, 2018 — 9:56 pm

      Thanks, Hannah! That’s super neat! When I got my t6, I don’t think I realized how popular of a camera it is…but apparently the year I got two other girls I knew of got it too. I don’t mind sharing my type of camera, I think it’s neat! πŸ˜€

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  2. Oh my goodness, this is SO neat! I’ve heard of free lensing before but never tried it. Thanks to your post, I just spent about an hour practicing it with my camera – it’s so much fun! The pictures you got are gorgeous. πŸ˜€

    -Clara ❀

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    1. Emmaline Figura January 2, 2018 — 9:57 pm

      Sweet! I am glad you did. It’s probably my new favorite obsession in the photography world. πŸ˜€ And thank you!

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    2. Clara, you should post your pictures, too! I’d love to see them. πŸ™‚

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      1. Oh, thank you so much for asking, Sassafras! πŸ™‚ I’ll post them sometime in the near future! πŸ˜€

        -Clara ❀

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  3. Oh wow, those pictures are so cool! I’m thinking about getting a DSLR, and if I do, I’ll definitely try this out! πŸ˜„

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    1. Emmaline Figura January 3, 2018 — 4:59 am

      Thanks, Brooke! You should get one, if you like to take pictures. πŸ˜€ Love your new profile picture, btw.

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      1. No problem! Thank you! πŸ˜‡

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  4. This is a really interesting concept, so thank you for sharing! I’m a bit confused on one point, though. How can the camera take a picture with no lens attached? Does it not have to recognize a lens mounted on the camera? I assume a DSLR can’t take a picture totally without a lens, right?

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    1. Emmaline Figura January 3, 2018 — 6:52 pm

      That’s a good question! On a DSLR, you can take pictures with the lens dis-attached and even without the lens {the without the lens photo will just look like one white overexposed image though. πŸ˜€ ) Basically…when the lens is dis-attached there is one key function missing. And that’s the ability to adjust your settings. Particularly your aperture {the f/ #}. You will notice once your lens is off, it will not have an aperture setting listed. It will most likely say 00 where the aperture # is supposed to be listed. In free lensing, you are instructed to set all of your settings BEFORE you take off your lens. I hope this makes more sense! I guess the camera just saves all the settings you put in prior, and is thence able to take the photo {I have noticed the shutter is louder without the lens attached}. πŸ˜€

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      1. Okay, thank you so much! That really helped me understand better. πŸ™‚

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  5. Whoa, this is so neat, and your pictures are gorgeous! I’ve got to try this… XD

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    1. Emmaline Figura January 5, 2018 — 7:04 pm

      It’s so much fun! I would definitely recommend it. Thanks, Allison! ❀

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