photography101: special topics : lens chimping

photography101blogOdd name, isn't it?  "Lens chimping"…  I first came across this technique when I read this article earlier this year.  I was so thrilled by the idea (and Sam Hurd's stellar results) that I immediately bought myself the convex lens Mr. Hurd uses (which you can buy here).The technique is simple and the best part?  It begs to be experimented with!Here is one of my most recent experiments with lens chimping: lens chimpingTo achieve the look of this technique, I held the convex lens off to the left side of my camera's lens.  By holding the convex lens out and away from the camera, I brought some of the flowers from the tree into focus and pulled them into the frame where they otherwise would not be visible.  In this case, it almost creates the look of a double exposure - which is perfectly alright with me!Lens chimping will look different depending on how you "chimp" and what is brought into focus and into the lens.  Don't be afraid to experiment!  Not every shot will look incredible - that's okay!  There are times when I use the convex lens and determine later on that it was a total dud.  That's fine!  You live and you learn!  And you'll start to be able to "feel" when using this technique is right and when it's best to keep it tucked away in your "bag of tricks".  But if you never try, you'll never know!On the topic of trying new things, here's something you guys might be interested in!Together, makeup and hair artist Leah Brasile Koenig and I are hosting a styled shootout at Chetstone Studios on June 8th!  It started as a collaboration between just the two of us with the intention to grow Leah's photographically documented portfolio.  We're bringing in four or five models, giving them full wedding makeup and hair, and photographing them around the studio.  But it occurred to me - with such an awesome space that Chetstone provides, why not spread the love?!There are 4 open spaces for interested photographers to join in on the fun!  If you need to hone your bridal portrait skills, if you want to build up your portfolio, or if you're just looking for a little extra TLC and a chance to work alongside other photographers with an awesome hair and makeup team at your disposal, this might be perfect for you!  The cost is $30, and we'll be at the studio shooting for 8 hours on June 8th.  If you're interested, please email me at!Looking forward to meeting some of you at the shootout!!