Have you heard of freelensing. You basically take your lens off your camera and hold it in front of it. You can get some pretty cool looks with it. I shared some tips and tricks below.
Freelensing tips & tricks:
➟Freelensing is where you take off your lens and hold it very close to your camera. PSA: If you are nervous about getting dust in your camera do not do this. There is a chance dust will get in your camera any time you take your lens off. Dusty conditions are not a good place to try this. Now onto my tips.
➟Use a lens that is at least 50mm, wide angles do not work well. I used my 85mm lens in these photos.
➟Set your lens to infinity (looks like this ∞ on your lens) and take your lens hood off if you have one. Mine kept getting in the way and I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Blonde moment.
➟Manually set your exposure while your lens is still on your camera. Once it is off it will not communicate with your camera at all.
➟Take your lens off of your camera slightly and move it around. You will see some really neat effects.
➟Use live view if your camera has one because it makes it easier to see what will be in focus and if you have any light leaks.
➟Light leaks are okay but it just depends on what look you are going for. If you do not want the light leaks bend your lens towards the strongest light so it wont reach your sensor.
➟If you are using a Nikon lens use one with an aperture ring since modern G-style lenses close their aperture down when they are off the camera . Now all my lenses are G lenses so I had to hold open the aperture ring like you see below. Which is very hard. Much easier with an older lens or a Canon camera.
➟Practice, practice, practice!! Take a TON of photos. I did this a lot over the past few days and I did not get many shots. I am just now starting to figure it out.
➟Have fun! It is really fun to experiment with your camera. The blur you see in the photo is all in camera I didn’t add any blur.
➟You could get this same effect from a lensbaby or tilt shift lens but this is free. I love free. Enjoy! Can’t wait to see your photos.