Lensbaby Composer: When to bend the lens

Do you believe in signs? Sometimes it seems as though the universe is trying to tell you something. For me recently it was that I need to own a Lensbaby. I only discovered Lensbabies fairly recently, but I was instantly intrigued.

Then the topic kept coming up. Podcasts by Camera Dojo and 7 Photography Questions, during research for a video projects, a pop up add on a website that didn’t even have much to do with photography. Various books and articles extolled the virtues of Lensbaby. Then I got some cash for my B-day . . . the universe was speaking to me.

A little dent in my bank account to cover the cost of a Composer along with the Accessory Kit (macro lenses, Wide angle and telephoto adaptors, and creative aperture kit) and I was ready to get bent!

For the unfamiliar, Lensbabies are a series of manual lenses that work with most major DSLR cameras, in my case the Nikon D7000. The Composer (my lens of choice) has a ball and socket system that allows you to bend it in any direction. The resulting image has a selected focus area and everything around it becomes blurred and distorted.

Being proficient at PhotoShop has helped pay my bills for quite a while, but I could tell right away that there was some magic happening under the hood that my high falooting software skills couldn’t replicate; not in the same way and not as organically.

The samples at the top of the page might not provide the most authoritative examples – I’m still learning the art of bending the lens – but I’m happy enough with them to show the world and talk about my magic voodoo camera add on! To see what some master can do, check out this gallery on the official lensbaby site.


About Chris Wulff

I like to make pictures. Sometimes they move across the screen, sometimes they move you. I draw with fire on wood, with my finger on a phone, with a keyboard and fancy filters and sometimes even with a pencil on paper. I use a camera to capture what I see and my imagination to capture what I can't see.

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