Want Some Really Special Lens Flare? Here’s How You Can Get It!

It seems like tons of lens and camera manufacturers want to get rid of lens flare as much as possible. But some companies are trying to give it back to us in various different ways. Lens flare can add a cinematic look to your images. And best of all, you can do it cheaper and with less hassle than having to sit around in post-production for a long time or spending a ton of money on presets and brushes. So in this roundup, we chose items in our Reviews Index that will give you better lens flare. Ready to fall in love?

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The Lost Art of Freelensing. How to Get the Tilt-Shift Look in a Crafty Way

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Freelensing is a trick that’s been long forgotten. A while ago, it was very fun to do. It delivered a completely different, creative look that many of us loved. But I haven’t seen the photography community do it in a very long time. So in this post, I’m going to talk about freelensing, give a few tips, and tell you some of the best gear you can use to do it all for yourself.

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Lensbaby Announces 46mm Macro Filter Kit to Expand Lens Capabilities

These new creative macro filters will extend the capabilities of your existing Lensbaby optics.

It’s always nice to be able to use something you already have and to get something more out of it, right? Well, Lensbaby is taking a step outside of their usual path and, rather than releasing a new lens for us, they have this new filter kit that will give you some special capabilities with your existing Lensbaby optics. Continue reading…

Review: Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 50 Optic (Sony E-mount)

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So it was that I received a Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 50 Optic and an NEX-6 for review. It had been a while since I last handled one of Lensbaby’s creations, the Scout and Muse specifically, and this one was considerably different. It looks like a cannon had been miniaturized to fit on the NEX-6, or something that might have been affixed to the robot from Lost in Space. The Composer Pro was a quirky break from the usual spate of reviews, but it isn’t for everyone.

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What’s in the Bag? The Felix Esser Edition

Missing here: Panasonc G1 + Lumix 20/1.7 + Rokinon flash (as I used these to take the picture)

I’ve had my fair share of cameras, both digital and analog, in recent years. Which is both good and bad. Good, because I learned a lot about photography — both from the technical as well as the artistical standpoint –, and bad, because at times I found myself in a constant loop of buying and selling. I spent a lot of money on different pieces of equipment, just to sell it with loss afterwards. And while searching for that one, perfect, ultimate camera kit, I figured something out. It’s not the gear that makes you happy. It’s the pictures you take. So I made a rather bold decision, namely to sell my beloved Leica M8. Not because it didn’t take good pictures, or because I didn’t enjoy using, but because I figured that I didn’t need such an expensive piece of technology to take great pictures. Quite on the contrary, in fact. What, then, is in my bag now? Read on to find out!

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Review: Lensbaby Composer Pro for MFT with Sweet 35 Optic

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my first impressions on the Lensbaby Composer Pro for Micro Four Thirds. I had been using it together with the Sweet 35 optic module, but since this is such a special lens, I felt I needed to spend more time with it before I could write my final review. Now that I did, I still feel that this is a tool which is hard to master, and am not sure whether I did. The look it creates is so unique that you cannot simply go ahead and shoot stuff like you would with a normal lens. You have to use the combo a lot to find out in which situations it works and in which it doesn’t. With this review, I hope to be able to give you an impression of what you can do with the Composer Pro and Sweet 35, and what you can’t.

 

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First Impressions: Lensbaby Composer Pro for Micro Four Thirds with Sweet 35 Optic

I’ve had the Lensbaby Composer Pro for Micro Four Thirds together with the Sweet 35 optical module for a couple weeks now. However, never having used a Lensbaby product before, I am still not 100% comfortable with it. It is a specialty product, that’s for sure; and one that you have to get used to. A Lensbaby is something that you need to actively explore, that you need to learn how to use. Even after several weeks of regularly using the Composer Pro + Sweet 35, I feel like I still only scratched the surface of what this combo is capable of, and what this system’s intended purpose is. In order to let you partake and observe my learning process with the Lensbaby, I decided to publish these first impression, with a proper review following at a later point.

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Lensbaby Pro Effects Kit Comes With Everything You Need

Lensbaby just introduced the Pro Effects Kit, a collection of Lensbaby products to get you started with Lensbaby photography. The kit contains the Composer Pro module, the Sweet 35 and Edge 80 optics, an 8mm and a 16mm macro converter, a microfiber lens cleaning cloth and a bag to tuck it all away. With two focal lengths that cover everything from moderate wide-angle to short telephoto, the tiltable Composer Pro module and the macro converters, this kit really contains everything you need. From landscapes to protraits, from flower details to product shots, or just for some creative experimenting — there isn’t much that can’t be done with this kit. However, it comes at a price. At US-$ 750, it is still better value for money than buying each product seperately, though.

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