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Art & Inspiration Hey Car Photogs.....Anyone Use a LENSBABY Setup???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by KIRK!, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. KIRK!
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    I'm looking at ways to improve my photos for the new year. Online courses are filling in the gaps and reminding of stuff I've forgotten. On top of technique improvements I'm also looking at equipment additions. One of the things I'm checking out is Lensbaby's line of stuff.

    Do any of you have one? Pros and cons?

    Show some car pics you took!

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  2. general gow
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    oh man. more stuff i want...
     
  3. KIRK!
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    Yeah, it's like a reasonably priced tilt-shift. I have heard the image quality is a little lacking, but I'm hoping a HAMBer can tell me how much. A little could be written off as character. A lot and I might as well use Instagram.
     
  4. 49ratfink
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    you have very girlie hands for a dude.:)

    what is it supposed to do?
     

  5. Tom davison
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    My wife swears by hers, but I just fake it with Photoshop! The Lensbabny seemed difficult to me, but you have posted excellent examples.
     
  6. Tom davison
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    Fake Lensbaby.

    I created this in the five minutes since my last post.

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  7. Hyfire
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    I've always stayed away due to the quality, although I heard they started offering a better quality lens a while back.
    I say drop the gimmicks and work on better photography.
     
  8. KIRK!
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    Thanks. I try.

    All kinds of fun junk. Check it out www.lensbaby.com

    There are a bunch of different products.
     
  9. KIRK!
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    Better ability is always the goal, but it has some effects you just can't duplicate for the money. The funky tricks would be great compliments to a regular feature shoot.
     
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  10. MikeRose
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    Our office has one. The model that you can't lock into the position you want (no set screw adjuster things). I recommend buying the one that you can lock. It's cool, although we haven't used it much in the couple years that we've had it. I'm not anything close to a real photographer so I can't say much beyond that.
     
  11. Tom davison
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    Michelangelo thinks photography is a gimmick.
     
  12. Checkerwagon
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    "I say drop the gimmicks and work on better photography."

    X2

    It's all about Composition Composition Composition Composition

    Any knucklehead can use Photoshop. You, Kirk!, ain't a knucklehead. (with some reservations)

    For most of my life, I have been a professional photographer. Have used all of the equipment that you can think of.

    Yet, the best photograph that I have been blessed with, was taken with a $89.00 phone/camera.


    All the best,
    Dale
    Cleveland OH
     
  13. Novababy
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    Lensbabies are fun to use every once in a while, but nothing will give you better results than a good prime lens with the aperture wide open.
     
  14. Budro35
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    Damn Kirk you got sexy hands. If you only had long red hair!! :eek:
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  15. need louvers ?
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    Hey Kirk, I don't even know what the hell this thing is or really why I opened this thread, but maybe a bit of caution from a paper collector type is in order...

    If you do get this thing, don't go over board! I can remember certain eras of the major magazines that could be marked by the introduction of the "trick of the week" photography component. Weird fades, distortions, blurs, all that stuff just distracts from what most of us want to see - the car being filmed! You are one of the few people woking in the magazine business today that can take a super "artsie" kinda picture one minute,(I remember running around with my cell phone lit up in front of ElPolacko's one evening so you could do a long exposure shot with aliens) but you always step back and take an over all shot of the whole car before your done. Don't loose that please!
     
  16. Gearhead Graphics
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    when I used to shoot on the regular (and get paid for it) i looked at these pretty hard. Then after all my looking i realized i could allready do what it was for in photoshop, and still keep my original photo that wasnt blurred anywhere for use elsewhere
     
  17. KIRK!
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    Yeah, I can do almost anything in Photoshop, but it would take me far more time than in the camera. My time or one of my department's time.
     
  18. stude_trucks
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    Looks like something for hardcore porn shoots, but results are apparently more Penthouse level.

    Dear Ryan, I never would have thought something like this would happen to me. But a week ago........
     
  19. 49ratfink
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    nothing I hate more than blurry porn.
     
  20. deto
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    lensbabians... now it all makes sense
     
  21. NotStockPhoto
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    Get a 50mm 1.8 and shoot all your details with it, and youll get a crazy drop off. Lens baby gave me one of the earlier models and it broke the first time I used it.....but what do I know
     
  22. KIRK!
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    D'oh!

     
  23. TULSA
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    No offense, but you can tell its PS

    I agree, for detailed closeup, get a 50 1.8. I think I saw Sigma has a 30mm 1.4, I want one of them!
     
  24. I have a lensbaby not the one you showed mine does not have the locking rods mine has a swivel ball and a locking ring on the bottom to hold it in place. both work the same way and really the only difference is how it zooms in.

    I love mine it creates very interesting shots I will see if I can get some on here in the next day or two. they are a great way to create attention where you want it and on what you want.

    I think they are worth it
     

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