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Lensbaby: Bending your perspective Paperback – 7 Jul 2010
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"[O]ffers a fine survey of possibilities for using different lenses in the Lensbaby suite. Tips on composition accompany full color images created by a Lensbaby expert with complete coverage of all Lensbaby accessories and systems packing a practical guide to photography recommended for any serious user or collection."---BookWatch
About the Author
Corey Hilz is a professional photographer specializing in nature and travel photography. His work is seen in magazines, books, calendars and catalogues, as well as in art galleries. Corey finds the diversity in nature offers boundless opportunities for new images. He approaches his subjects with an artistic eye, looking for a fresh perspective. Corey shares his approach to photography in workshops he teaches in the United States and abroad. Corey has a passion for helping others improve their photography by sharing his knowledge through group and private instruction.
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This book is a great help navigating all these variations and helps you select which lens and optic is best for you. Unfortunately the book is in need of an update as the latest additions to Lensbaby line-up: the Composer Pro and Sweet 35 optic are not covered. The latter optic has an inbuilt aperture ring and does not take any of the accessories that work with the other Lensbaby optics so this is an important difference missing from the book.
There is a chapter on how to use the Lensbaby on your DSLR camera. The Lensbaby is manual focus and manual exposure so this chapter is very handy to get up to speed quickly on how to use the Lensbaby.
The book also has several chapters of example photographs from professional photographers using the Lensbaby lens. Portfolio topics include: portrait, wedding, commercial, landscape, flowers and urban. The wide range of portfolios shows the extent to which the creative aspects of the Lensbaby can be applied.
The paper quality and photograph reproduction are excellent and better than the average from Focal Press.
The book drops a star rating as the book is a little behind with the latest Lensbaby models but it is still an excellent reference for the others models and the portfolio chapters have a wide range of inspirational photographs.
This book adds great value to all of my Lensbaby goodies and provides lots of information and examples of the differences between the different optics, which makes it much clearer and helps envisage the final shot.
The book also provides lots of good advice as to the aperature accessory to use for ease of use and focusing. The best piece which I have adopted on many occassions is just have the Lensbaby on the camera and use it totally. This is good advice for any lens you may have to experience all their functionalities and equally their potential failures, or rather how to get round those.
The photos in the book add depth and quality to the comment and help being delivered.
I have both the hard copy and the ebook version and I use them both.
If you have a Lensbaby, this is a must, even if you don't, there is lots of quality in here which will explain and support lens selection, aperature use and might even get you hooked on venturing out to being a Lensbaby!
The book, offers a deep view on all Lensbaby mounts/lens/optics/accessories, followed by example photos with the technical aspects of the shots (ISO, aperture, optic type, etc) . Theres a small introduction about photography to learn about ISO, exposures, etc, if your a newbie on Photography
Keep in mind that theres a new update version of this book (released on November 2012), that already cover the more recent lens by Lensbaby such as Edge 80 and the Sweet 35 Optic.
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