A big part of the appeal of Lensbaby lenses is the painterly, handcrafted feel of the images they produce. To get an idea of what's possible, we asked several pros who use Lensbaby about some of their best images, which they captured using the system.
Shooting TipsThough Lensbaby makes it relatively easy and affordable to shoot selective-focus images in-camera, getting great results will take practice. Shooting with a Lensbaby is a more manual experience than you may be used to with today's high-tech lenses, so be ready to experiment—and open yourself up to lucky mistakes.
When you first use Lensbaby, you'll notice that you don't control the aperture with your camera's controls. Instead, aperture rings are supplied with your lens. You drop the ring for your selected aperture into the lens, then set your camera to manual and select a shutter speed to set your exposure.
For flash photography with Lensbaby, you need to know your camera's flash sync shutter speed. Set your camera at this shutter speed (or slower). If the image is overexposed, try switching to a smaller aperture ring or decreasing your flash output.