Today, I tried freelensing for the first time.
I’ll warn you, precious hours may evaporate and you’ll still be lying on the kitchen floor snapping away. It’s that fun.
So, what is freelensing?
Basically, you remove the lens from your DSLR and use it backwards against the sensor. It sounds more complicated than it is, and it’s really about trial & error.
1. With the lens on the regular way, set up the shot.
2. I used a 55mm lens with my camera set to manual mode & MF. I guess-timated my exposure and set focal distance to infinity. With the lens detached it is no longer communicating with the camera so make sure you use manual mode.
3. Turn off the camera & remove the lens.
4. Place the end of the lens flush against your sensor, and hold it in place with your hand. Turn the camera on and take your shot.
5. Use a lens strap & don’t try around too much water or dirt as your sensor is exposed.
6. Experiment! You will need to move closer & further away to get the focus you want.
The end result is a blown-out macro shot with great potential for bokeh & interesting light effects!