“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In the creative world, we tend to be so secretive with the process of our work. Is it because we fear others will take something from us? Is it because we’re afraid of what others will think of our particular process? Whatever it is, I believe we need to move past it and start sharing. Do we need to give away every bit of information we’ve gathered through years of hard work? Of course not. But we all have something to contribute and I think it’s important to contribute. We don’t all have to be geniuses in order to share what we know. As stated in the quote above, “to someone, it may be better than you dare to think”.
Each week I will share a photo + the details of what I used to get the shot. To read the original post, go here.
Canon 5D Mark III | 35mm 2.0 | ISO 2000 | 1/800 | freelensed
I’ve recently began using a new technique while freelensing, which has helped me get my focus exactly where I want it almost every single time. Rather than looking through the viewfinder while freelensing, I turn on live view and look at the back of the screen while shooting. I have found that I can very plainly see what is in focus this way; moreso than while looking through the viewfinder. It may be that my eyesight isn’t the best, so being able to see the image in the screen up close helps, but I know many photographers have the same problem; having bad eyesight makes it difficult to manually focus which is basically what you’re doing when freelensing (only harder). In this set of photos, and in most that I take, my little guy was moving around very quickly. Freelensing moving objects is never easy because not only is your subject moving, but you have to keep that lens moving to get that plane of focus where it needs to be. I have found that shooting in live view mode makes it so much easier to tackle moving subjects. I feel that I have more control over the movement of the lens and where the focus falls. Now, I still goof up sometimes and miss focus, it’s going to happen, but it happens a lot less this way. Try it!
Some may ask or wonder: why freelens when it’s so difficult to get the focus where you want it? Wouldn’t you rather shoot normally and know that you have a sharp image? For me, it’s not about coming away with a technically perfect photo when I freelens. I do try most times to get a pleasing plane of focus, but what I love most about freelensing is the uncertainty, the flaws, the level of softness that you can’t achieve any other way. I love the unique look and perspective it gives to my work. Look at this photo for example, the plane of focus fell on the toys he was so carefully setting on the arm of the chair and his sweet little toes. I loved the way his toes looked as he sat in this position and I chose to shoot from this angle to capture that. Being able to grab focus of the details of both his toes and what he was doing in this moment, wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t been freelensing.