Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Lensbaby, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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The doctor will see you now.…Is this cool or what? We're in the surgery on Alcatraz.…It's this really beat-up room with this creepy old operating table in the middle of it.…It's just waiting to have its picture taken.…And that's giving us some problems.…It's a tricky thing. What do you do?…It's an empty metal table in the middle of a room.…So it's kind of a small room.…We've got this cool light coming in through the outside.…The first thing I tried to do was just stick a 50-millimeter lens on my camera and take…a shot, and I got this.…And it's pretty nice.…
It is what the room looks like.…But looking at it I just, I don't know, I'm in here right now and it feels creepier than this.…How can I up the creep?…So I'm going to try something called a Lensbaby.…A Lensbaby is a specialized lens.…It's not an attachment; it's an actual gizmo that I put directly on my camera.…This is one of the Lensbabies here.…There are lots of different Lensbabies models.…I'm using something called the Lensbaby Composer Pro.…All Lensbabies have one critical feature in common, and that's this action right here:…
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.