Have you tried free-lensing? It’s really not easy to do, but it’s a lot of fun… so while I had some time today I played around with it a bit in the garden.

First on some plants, and then on Connor.

If you don’t know what it is… it’s where you remove your lens from the camera and move it around in front of the body in a manual focus mode until you get the desired results. Because the lens is held away from the camera body, you get a lot of light leaks and it kind of does a similar effect as a tilt and shift lens would do.

This is how I do it using my Canon 5D MKIII:

  1. It’s easier to use my 50mm lens, it’s a lot easier with a fixed length lens, than a zoom lens.
  2. Before removing the lens, get your exposure right… set your ISO etc. I find it easier to use a f-stop of 5.6.
  3. Change your focus setting on the lens to Manual focus
  4. Set your focus ring to infinity
  5. Remove the lens, and hold it in front of the camera body. Move it around at different angles to get the focus moving off centre, and to get more light leaks.

And have fun 🙂 it took me a while to get something with anything in focus!

Here’s another image I took today…