How does a lensball work

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Lensballs are the simplest and easiest to use photography accessory.  Forget tricky gadgets and things with batteries and needing to be charged…  Lensball 🔮 is always ready to go!  Here’s how easy they are to use!

  1. Find yourself a scene you want to shoot.  Take a moment to check for lighting, shadows, angles and aspects.
  2. Hold your phone up close to the lensball and tap on the screen to focus on the lensball.
  3. Tap to capture the image.

That’s it – it’s that simple!

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The best advice is to keep pointing and shooting and taking your lensball along with you often.  Testing out your photography skills in all different locations and lighting conditions will help you fully explore your lensball.

Your Lensball works really simply and easily – especially with a high quality smartphone in 2019.

Your Lens Ball is a solid sphere of crystal glass.  Using a lensball as a photography

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Lensballs 🔮 come in varying sizes – from plum sized 60mm  and 80mm apple size and 100mm healthy grapefruit size and even 150mm extra generous size.  Each size lensball offers different benefits for photographers.  In our opinion the 100mm is the ideal size – and we recommend you to buy it online.


When you hold your lensball in your hand in front of your camera, the round glass bends the light.  Afterwards, you are left with an upside down image and the surrounding background.


It’s a striking way to present images and literally turns upside down the normal way of seeing things.  Also, you gain a magnified and obliquely distorted view.  In combination, you arrive at a finished image that has multiple elements of distortion, inversion and background.  This is why we all love lensball photography.

Lensball Refraction

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This is called refraction. Refraction is bending of light through an object.  It means your vision is adjusted or impaired by what you are seeing through.  (See light being refracted through prism > )

Light travels through the sphere from the subject of your image to the camera (or phone) in your hand.

Did you know that you are manipulating refraction every time you take a picture?

It’s a phenomenon that causes a ray of light to bend when it hits a medium that can transmit light, such as a lens or water.

lens ball refraction photographyAs the light passes from one medium to another, the difference in density causes the light striking the surface to refract.


When refraction occurs with a transparent spherical object, such as a crystal ball or a glass sphere, an inverted image of the scene is created.

Another way professional photographers produce stunning glass ball photography in a darkened room with a very simple setup.

This includes a refractive object (an Australian Lensball), a tripod-mounted DSLR, and an ordinary LED flashlight mounted on a lightstand.

To focus the light source, cut a cardboard square a bit larger than the flashlight’s head, and poke a small hole using a pin, and tape it over the light.

It should be the smallest hole that will still pass adequate light; the smaller the hole, the sharper the pattern detail. Then aim the LED light at your subject. Holding gels between the glass and the camera adds colorful effects.

Follow the steps for more detail. There are sopme great tips at—it reveals one of the most enjoyable, almost magical, aspects of refractography: watching as the refracted patterns swirl and mutate in a ghostly way across your camera’s LCD or viewfinder screen.




Level your crystal ball with the subject you’re photographing, as a centred subject in the crystal ball will result in lesser distortion. Try to get as close to your subject as possible. The closer you are to your subject, the bigger it will appear in the crystal ball. Whether you’ve positioned the ball on a flat surface, a crevice, or even if you’re holding it, ensure that the crystal ball will not fall.

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When experimenting with crystal ball photography, ensure that the light coming through the refracting object is strong. If your subject is poorly lit, you may see unwanted reflections from brighter lights in the vicinity appearing in the ball.

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