A lot of people want to know how to free-lens. and I’m going to show you how! It’s an easy way to create a dynamic atmospheric photograph.
It’s a technique to try if you have a camera with a removable lens! It’s a method of shooting with your lens detached from the camera- but still held very closely. Holding your lens up to the camera (instead of attaching it) allows you to create a tilt-shift effect in your photos.
Here are examples of photos I have shot free-lensing:
Here are the steps you need to get that perfect tilt shift look.
1.Select your lens. Free-lensing isn’t as effective with a wide-angle lens, because it’s MUCH harder to get anything in focus! If you have several lenses to choose from, I would start with a 50mm or higher. If you have a zoom lens that came with your camera, you might want to make sure the lens is zoomed in to at least a 50mm range, if possible.