the photoshooter's journey from taking to making



The Lensbaby family of fully manual art lenses, introduced in 2005, allow photographers to creatively engineer selective focus, ultra-wide vistas, dramatic macros, warm, glowy portraits and even the antique look of 19th-century pinhole cameras into their images……all in-camera, all without the need for post-processing software. The company’s slogan “see in a different way” perfectly conveys the entire idea of LB optics, in that they reinsert the freedom and the choice into one’s photographs in a much more personal way than conventional lenses can. Here are a few of the effects, from the precise to the painterly, that are achievable with these amazingly innovative tools, with the specific gear used for each one listed after the title:

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, Velvet 56

Manhattan Skyline at Dusk from BQE, Composer Pro with Sweet 35 optic

Hang On, Composer Pro with Fisheye Optic

Red Tape, Velvet 56, macro

Of Cats & Curios, Composer Pro with Pinhole Optic

O’ Farrell & Mason Streets, San Francisco, Composer Pro with Sweet 35 optic

Your Faithful Author, Velvet 56

Historic Hangar, Velvet 56

Day At The Met, Composer Pro with Sweet 35 Optic

Los Angeles Library Atrium, Composer Pro with Fisheye Optic