Step By Step With Lensbaby
with caroline jensen
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Lensbaby lenses are the perfect tool for nurturing creativity and strengthening your photographic skills. All Lensbaby optics and lenses are welcome to participate. Manual focus is one skill that can benefit multiple areas of photography, including nurturing flexible composition and thoughtful shooting. We will spend time honing this skill so that our hands, eyes, and mind all work together in an intuitive way. From there, we begin working with tilt and learn to understand how the focal plane shifts as an optic or lens moves. Finally, we will spend time learning how to integrate Lensbaby images into a storytelling sequence or thematic essay to add variety and emotion. You will find that the skills learned here will help you to become more confident in many areas of photography. Full participation students will benefit from the one on one guidance seasoned instructors, with years of Lensbaby experience, while study along students will benefit from observing and working through the lessons at their own pace.
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
Photographers need to be comfortable getting a correct exposure in camera.
Caroline Jensen, A Sony Artisan of Imagery, is a photographic artist living on the prairie. Her favorite things include cozy nights in front of her natural wood fireplace, camping in her Airstream, and read alouds with her children. Photography is her expressive outlet and features emotive black and white portraiture, unique macro work, colorful landscapes, and food photography. Her gear includes her Sony mirrorless cameras and lenses, as well as vintage lenses and Lensbaby lenses that express her photographic voice perfectly. She has been featured in many publications including: Dreamer Journal, Sony Alpha Universe, Pro Photo Daily, and numerous times in Click magazine as well as on the packaging of the Lensbaby Sweet 50 and Velvet lenses. She teaches three popular workshops at Click Photo School where she encourages creativity and development of visual voice. Her portfolio is available here.
The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants:
A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.
Shooting and Processing
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading:LCD zooming; Focus Peaking with Mirrorless Cameras; Bracketing Focus Various Ways; Creative Framing with Manual Focus; Managing Poor Eyesight
Assignment: Demonstrate your skills with manual focusing and outline two methods you practiced during the week. Only shoot with manual focus lenses during this entire week!
Reading:Working with tilting lenses (options may be provided for students without tilting lenses, but tilting lenses are highly encouraged) and creative options, including macro and motion blur.
Assignment: Choose from three assignment options including non-living subject, moving subjects, and bonus exercises based on the student’s interest.
Reading: Fisheye or Circular Fisheye; Pinhole or Zone Plate; Soft Focus; Vintage Manual Focus Lenses (for mirrorless systems) ; Creative Bokeh; covers fixed (non-tilting) lenses, optional optics and creating narrative or thematic essays incorporating Lensbaby images.
Assignment: Share a narrative or thematic photo essay. Basic and Advanced options allow the student to work conveniently within their schedule.
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.