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Destructive Photography || The Beauty Of Freelensing


Lately I just can’t seem to get enough from a technique that many photographers would cringe just at the thought of it. It is a destructive technique referred to as freelensing. I’ve posted about it once before, here.

While freelensing you have to expose the camera’s sensor to the elements. You take photo’s while holding the detached lens against the camera body. All the technique requires is disconnecting a lens from the camera body and floating it around in front of your sensor to shift the focal plane in weird directions. This gives you a tilt-shift like effect on your photographs.

It is not without risks; you can get dust on your camera’s sensor. It does however make for interesting photographs, especially if you like light leaks and tilt-shift. My daughter uses this technique, not for entire shoots but a session almost always includes a few freelensing shots. See a selection of her photo’s below. I love the blurry effect it gives the photo’s.

I’m still experimenting with all photography techniques. I still haven’t got the technical skills to call myself a photographer. I’m more of an enthusiast. Recently I purchased the book “Shoot!” from photographer, blogger and all around creative guru Anki who blogs over on I’ll be reviewing her book soon here on With Milk and Sugar. Meanwhile I’m starting today with her photo challenge on Instagram #shoothetboek.

Here are some photographs I took of roses with and without the lens attached.

Here are some roses I shot freelensing.



Here is a Heather plant I shot freelensing. 

Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Lens: 50 mm f/1.8

Freelensing photography from my daughter, @bloesemphotography // 

Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Lens: 50 mm f/1.4

Here, on my ‘freelensing photography’ Pinterest board you can see some more examples of this technique.


If you try it out, let me know what you think and share your results.


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