Trying new things is good for the creative soul | Photography

Man, was that weekend just gone a crazy one. Ok, so actually I'm talking about the last 4 days, but they are the days of between my freelance job happening in the city at the moment, so essentially my weekend. That's not to say that I'm sitting around doing nothing, oh no. I actually spent the vast majority of the weekend working, catching up on all the stuff I would normally do on those three days I'm at home (and have no children).

I did still find some time for some personal stuff though, namely, trying out a new-to-me photography technique. Freelensing is nothing new, people have been doing it for years and years, but I only gave it a try for the first time on Saturday and man, am I glad I did.

Freelensing is where you detach the lens from the camera which means that the only way to control where the small slice of focus is is to move the lens around in front of the camera. It's a difficult thing to do, and it takes a bit of trial & error to start getting some decent images. If you want to know more about freelensing, what it is and how to do it, this article on Clickin' Moms is a good read.

There is a risk with freelensing in that you open your camera up to getting dust & dirt inside it, and particularly on the sensor. The sensor is super-charged and acts like a magnet for particles, and that's the main reason why I've put off giving it a try for so long. But like everything in life, there's no reward without a bit of risk, and so I decided to give it a go with my back-up camera and an old 50mm lens that I hardly ever use anymore, so that if something did go wrong it wouldn't be the end of the world (or my business!).

Pushing myself to try something new was a lot of fun, and gave me a much needed break from all of the work that had me stuck at my desk. Being able to get out in the backyard with the girls while they played, enjoy the sunshine and stretch my creative muscles was exactly what my soul needed, and the results, I think, speak for themselves. I've got some beautiful images (one that has become an all-time favourite, which is saying something considering how many images a week I capture!) and I was able to relax and switch off from work for a bit!

Of course once I'd given the technique a go with photos I then had to give filming while freelensing a go on Sunday, and it was just as fun! You can check out the video I created on Vimeo here.

What have you done lately to feed your creative soul?

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