Freelensing: What It Is + How-To

The first thing I learned when I got my first camera with changeable lenses, was, 'keep the sensor as clean as possible. Keep it away from dust and change the lens as quickly as possible' - and I believed in this like it was my religion for a long time, until some time ago, when I found out about freelensing. 'Freelensing' is, like the word says, 'freeing' your lens from the body of your camera. This creates a blurry effect like a lens with a big aperture would do as well.

You might think, 'why not use a lens with a big aperture, then?' (like a 50mm lens) - well, the 50mm lens makes the background blurry, but the freelensing makes one side of the photograph blurry. I personally think this effect is really nice - I'll show an example.

This is a photograph I took in my room a while ago. The left hand side of the photograph is completely blurry while the right hand side of the photograph is in focus. I took this photograph with a 50mm lens - which, when using a bigger aperture, creates blurry backgrounds. The photographs are even blurrier with the freelensing technique.

This is what I do when I take a photograph using the freelensing technique. You might think, 'why'd you want a photograph to be blurry?' - but the photograph is not blurry, the main object is still in focus. The rest of the photograph is just a little bit less prominent. I wouldn't do this while outside, though - make sure to freelens in a safe environment. Being careful with your camera and especially the really sensitive sensor is still extremely important.

I'll insert some more examples - these are all photographs I've taken in my bedroom. I'd love to take my camera outside and try some freelensing, but I'm too scared of a lost insect flying into my unprotected camera!

I personally love how all of these photographs look. If it still isn't clear to you how to use this technique or why to use this technique - there are quite a few articles on the internet about the technique. Experimenting with it is how you learn - when I first tried using it I didn't know what to do and the complete photograph was blurry. Everybody's photography technique is different and the best way to experience whether you like it or not is to unscrew your lens and start taking photographs. If you don't feel comfortable with the idea of an unprotected lens don't start with it, though - making a mistake will only be more painful for your feelings if you weren't really sure of your actions in the first place!Let me know if you ever try this out and make sure to send me some pictures if you succeed! X


  1. This is quite cool I never even knew about this, lovely photos really like the one of the lanterns! Abi :)

  2. I love the blurred, bokeh effect some cameras give, so I'm definitely going to research into this a little more. Thanks for introducing me to freelensing!

    Nik x
    NIKJAMESS | Fashion & Lifestyle

  3. I first read the title as 'freelancing' and I kept reading and was like why is she talking about cameras?!? haha I've got it now.
    Thanks for the tips I love that last photo. and did you just change it your blog layout? Looks very nice.
    -Kelsie K||R