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LENSBALL Photography

Lensball 🔮 Photography is all about finding the right subject for your shot. Remember to keep your lensball steady. Taking the perfect Lensball Photography 🔮 shot begins with how you place the stand – make sure it is on a stable, level surface.

Next, keep your phone or camera stable -preferably using a tripod or at least steadying it on a level surface.

Take a moment to adjust your field of vision so that you capture a balance of foreground and background elements.  Try using the rule of thirds, so you strike a meaningful balance between elements and keep the viewer interested.

Remember always when using a Lensball 🔮 that the ball itself is usually the focal point – or the interior field of the ball is the hero of the shot. To this end – tap your phone screen to draw the focus to the ball’s interior.

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Lensball Tips

Here are some helpful tips on Lensball Photography when using a digital camera.  any smartphone now also adjustments so many elements now work with advanced smartphones.

1. Keep your ball in the shade, if you can, to avoid distracting reflections from the sun or the sky.
2. Use a CPL to remove glare or unwanted reflections when shooting the Lensball.
3. Use a long lens or a telephoto setting on your zoom lens. This will give you a more pleasing perspective and a better effect.
4. Shoot at a wide-open aperture f/4-5.6. A small f/stop number will give you a shallow depth of field and will help render the background out of focus. This will emphasize the image within the ball as the main subject. An aperture of f/4-5.6 will also ensure the lens ball is in focus.
5. Don’t touch your sphere with your bare hands. Fingerprints will show easily and are distracting in your photo.
6. Go for high-contrast scenes, with vibrant colours and/or strong lines.
7. Get close to your subject, the ball will make everything look a lot smaller than reality.
8. Ideally, aim to have the bright scene as your subject and a darker area behind you – if not, check for your own reflection when shooting.
9. In a perfect world, in low light, you’ll need to have the ball on a steady surface and the camera on a tripod – otherwise, you’ll have to use a high ISO to combat camera shake.
10. The Golden Hour, which happens around sunset and sunrise, is an ideal time to photograph any subject, especially if you’re using a Lensball.
11. You can flip the final image so the subject inside the ball is the right way up.

Check out this video for some great tips for creative lensball photography.

How does a Lensball work?

Refraction happens when light passes through an object of denser mass, such as water or glass. When this occurs, light is bent, and there is a distortion. When refraction occurs with a transparent spherical object, something magical happens. An inverted image of the scene behind the ball is seen. The lens elements in your camera work this way as well. You can use a glass ball as an extra lens element, one you can move around your scene.

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Light is bent through the glass spere and inverts the image.

The effect of refraction occurs when light passes through an object of denser mass. This bends the light as it passes through the object of denser mass. This effect is obvious when you place a pencil inside a water glass. You’ll notice that the pencil is distorted and larger in the area that is in the water. That’s because of refraction.

Lensball Composition Tips

If there’s only one thing you learn from these lensball photography tips, You should get the ball off the ground so it’s level with the subject you’re photographing.

1. A centered subject in the ball will have less distortion and more impact in the frame.
2. Scenes that are well suited for a wide-angle photo also often work well inside a crystal ball.
3. A glass ball is cheaper than a lens and allows you to create a fish-eye like effect.
4. You can move the ball to different positions in your scene.
5. Using a large aperture in conjunction with the ball to create bokeh, is great for minimalism and to make the lensball stand out in the image.
6. Scenes created with a crystal ball often have a more artistic feel.
7. The ball creates a natural frame for your photo.

Check out this video for some great tips for creative lensball photography.
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