Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with specialty lenses, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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So far in this course, we've been looking at lenses that are really just more extreme…versions of the type of lens you use every day.…So some of them go more telephoto than what you're probably used to, maybe a lot more.…Some of them go more wide angle than what you're probably used to--again, maybe a lot more.…But for the most part they really just offered exaggerated versions of the type of lens that…you work with all the time.…In this chapter, that's all going to change.…We're going to go really far field here and look at some radically different types of lenses.…Lensbabies, Holgas, and the other things…we're going to look at in this chapter offer radically different image-making possibilities…from any kind of lens that you might have worked with so far.…
These lenses take great liberty with focus.…Sometimes they've got full-on optical problems.…They might mess up color.…They might have light leaks, which might lead you to think, why would I take a lousy lens…that has known problems and stick it on my expensive camera?…
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.