Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Reproducing the effect of a Lensbaby, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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You can replicate some of the Lensbaby's effects in Photoshop, and I say some because you're…not going to get an exact Lensbaby simulacrum here. But you are going to be able to duplicate…some of the smeary effects, and that's what we're going to do right here using a filter…called Radial Blur.…So let me tell you what I'm after here, so you can kind of follow my thought process.…I want to create a Lensbaby-type effect where I've got an area that is in focus here, around…Greg's head, with everything around that smearing outward in long streaky blurs.…
So I'm going to do that with a single filter.…Before I do that, I'm going to duplicate my background layer.…I do this duplicate for a couple of reasons.…First of all, if it turns out I don't like the effect, I can just ditch this layer and…start over, because I always have a redundant backup there in that original layer.…But also, it allows me to have a little more control of exactly where the blurring goes,…and we'll see that after we get the blur set.…
The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.
The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.