Free-Lensing during portraits sessions: adding flair to your wedding images.

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Bridal Portraits, New Hampshire Wedding at Bedford Village Inn

We’re huge fans of the technique called “free-lensing,” which I also call lens whacking. You literally take the lens off the body. From there, manually move the lens around to focus and change the depth of field.

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Engagement Photos at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe Vermont

Free-Lensing to highlight emotions, details, or people

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We often use free-lensing to create warm, romantic images — the bokeh and creamy textures always make an image feel more painterly. Using free-lensing, you can highlight a person, face, emotional expressions or particular details by keeping sharp focus on something small and letting other things blur out.

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Bridal Portraits, New Hampshire Wedding at Bedford Village Inn

With a large group, you can blur out other’s faces, bringing focus to one individual or another part of the image. When you get a gorgeous blur on things in the background of an image through this technique, it adds a painterly quality to the image.

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Brooklyn engagement photos

No matter how free-lensing is used, it’s another tool to bring focus to a particular part of an image. You can also use it for details and venue images to create more unique and artsy images for a couple.

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The fountain at Bedford Village Inn, Wedding Ceremony Courtyard

There are thousands of wedding photographers out there. We aim to stand out by creating unique, beautiful images coupled with an incredible experience. Learn more about how to hire a wedding photographer with this blog post.

  1. […] often play with a few different techniques and styles in camera: free-lensing, using an iPhone for reflections, playing with perspective and getting high, getting low. Before a […]

  2. […] often play with a few different techniques and styles in-camera: free-lensing, using an iPhone for reflections, playing with perspective and getting high, getting low. Before a […]

  3. […] Free lensing is one of my favorite techniques to use and create more unique images. Placing with focus and shifting the focus on the camera makes for interesting portraits and photos. […]

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