Soft, romantic, ethereal and dreamy are words which are often associated with my style of photography. For a few years I relied entirely on photoshop or lightroom to give that look. Nowadays I have a lensbaby blur kit bag that virtually does most of it straight out of the camera.
Callibrate the Diopter
As I mentioned in my first creative post when you first buy a lensbaby the one thing you have to realise is that it doesn't 'talk' to your camera body. You have to decide on all the camera settings yourself. As there is no such thing as auto focus you have to rely on your own eyesight.
Firstly you need to do to your camera before you even put the lensbaby on the camera is make sure that your diopter is correctly callibrated to match your own vision.
Even if you're not using a lensbaby this is very important if you have to manually focus sometimes as it means you'll get a far sharper image. You don't need to do this very often ...unless your eyesight starts to deteriorate or you change contact lenses.
Changing From One Optic to Another
Attach the lensbaby composer pro to the camera body just the way any other lens attaches to a dslr camera body. When you buy one of these there will be a glass optic already in the composer pro. For today I've taken it out so that you can see how I change from one optic to another.
Then I add these pieces of kit:
- Single glass optic
- wide angle optic
- + 4 and +10 macro screw on filters
- aperture ring - f2.8
Single Glass Optic
The single glass optic has a yellow ring. You place this in the Lensbaby composer pro with an optic swap tool. In last week's post I used the plastic lens optic while in the first week's post I used the double glass optic.
Then an aperture ring is dropped into the single glass optic with a little tool that has a magnet at the end. This time it was f4 (you'll see that each ring is labelled). If you don't use an aperture ring the lensbaby shoots at f2.
Then I screw on the +4 and the +10 macro filters and finally add the wide angle optic.
So it now looks like this on the camera body:
With all the pieces of kit placed on the camera I can then bend the lensbaby composer pro up, down, left or right so that the sweet spot is over the area I want to be sharpest.
I can manually focus and adjust my manual settings so that the image is slightly overexposed to give a more dreamy look.
Now I'm ready to start shooting ...
Soft dreamy lensbaby blur
...soft lemon cowslip stems with blur
...romantic red anemones
...dreamy blue forget-me-nots
If you've missed any of my previous posts about using a lensbaby then you can catch up here:
love your post about the lensbaby…this is next on my list to buy and your post helped me alot!
A Garden of Threads
Hi Rosie, What macro ring did you use for the forget-me-not photo and was the wide angle on as well. Beautiful shots.
Enjoyed this post. Makeshift want to get a lens baby. All your photos are stunning!
I shared your post on my facebook page last week. It's fantastic! I can't wait to get a lensbaby. For now, I'll bookmark all your great tips. Thanks so much for joining the Nurture Photography Challenge!
I've just come across your blog, this is an interesting post as I have been wondering how lensbaby worked.
Also your photos are excellent.
I look forward to seeing more posts from you.