Lensbaby Omni Filter Photoshoot
I recently was inspired by a video featuring the Lensbaby Omni Filter and decided to purchase one myself and test it out. Basically you screw on this magnetic ring onto your lens and place in objects in front of the lens to create different effects. Just looking at it is exciting and intriguing and you wonder how will this all come out in the end.
Keep in mind when you place objects in front of your lens they overpower the focus of the landscape beyond its point. What I did was focus on my subject with my prime lens (85mm) , locked it in focus, and placed my camera on a tripod. Once I was in position to shoot I then tested for the right exposure and correct color balance. I also discovered that shiny objects and a black backgroud worked best for showing off the effects. Note to self if I were to use this outside, I most likely would shoot at night.
The problem I discovered with firing off the strobes is that what I would see with my naked eye through the view finder, was not the same as the end results. So in order to capture what I was seeing through the viewfinder, I set my lights to LED and placed my images on the LCD to see the results in advance. This method worked like a charm and I was able to film and capture stills with the exact results I was aiming for.
Now this was only day one in playing around with this filter. The creative process is endless and it’s these very experiments that could lead to so much more. The study of light is an ongoing process. I never feel I know everything and each time I try something new, I discover new methods and solutions.
I also adore having results in real time, rather than to use Photoshop as my crutch. Don’t get me wrong, photoshop is amazing for retouching blemishes, adding graphic design, and so on. However when I am providing a service to a client looking for fast turn around and excellent results, I must know my lighting, composition, and taking risk where it is neccessary. Otherwise why bother calling myself a professional. Real time results and being creative is how I roll. And of course I can keep going and push things further than you could ever imagine possible. That’s what is fun about experimenting and trying new things. Stay postive, stay focused, and keep exploring.
Interested to have your images taken with these effects? – Contact me. I am most confident that I will master this new approach in many other forms.
Till the next photo-shoot using this filter, here are a few of my favorites from the first experiment.