Freelensing is an awesome experimental technique that can give your photos a beautiful tilt-shift effect – all you need is an SLR camera with a removable lens. And – as I was happy to figure out recently, it doesn’t need to be an expensive SLR camera… it works with the Konstruktor, too!
Normally when you focus a camera, the lens and film are parallel to each other, and so the line of focus will run straight across the picture. When you focus on a cup in the front of the picture, for example, everything behind the cup is out of focus.
With freelensing, you’re free to mix things up – the lens isn’t fixed firmly on the camera like it normally would be. You hold it loosely against the camera body, then tilt the lens slightly from side to side, or up and down. This changes the way the light falls on the film, and so the plane of focus is different. Now instead of the cup at the “front” of the image being sharp, and the background being out of focus, your focus might go in a diagonal from the upper left corner down to the right. Or maybe only the left side of the picture is in focus – anything is possible!
These are some beautiful examples of Freelensing done by an experienced Lomography Community Member with a standard SLR camera. Your results with the Konstruktor will be a little different, but these photos are a great source of inspiration!
When freelensing with a “normal” SLR camera, you’ll usually want to set your aperture to 2.8, as this will give you a stronger depth of field effect (more bluriness in the background). The Konstruktor has a fixed aperture of 11, which gives you less depth of field – but the technique still works!
Depending on how much you tilt the lens, you will get more or less vignetting on the sides – as you can see in the following pictures, this can sometimes be pretty extreme. The most important thing is to hold the lens firmly against the camera body – if you hold it too far away, light will get through the gap and over-expose your film!
These are some of the photos I’ve made while Freelensing with the Konstruktor. Give it a try for yourself – you’ll be surprised at what comes out!