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Lensbaby: Bending your perspective Paperback – July 7, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0240814025 ISBN-10: 0240814029 Edition: 1st

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Editorial Reviews

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"[O]ffers a fine survey of possibilities for using different lenses in the Lensbaby suite. Tips on composition accompany full color images created by a Lensbaby expert with complete coverage of all Lensbaby accessories and systems packing a practical guide to photography recommended for any serious user or collection."---BookWatch

About the Author

Corey Hilz is a professional photographer specializing in nature and travel photography. His work is seen in magazines, books, calendars and catalogues, as well as in art galleries. Corey finds the diversity in nature offers boundless opportunities for new images. He approaches his subjects with an artistic eye, looking for a fresh perspective. Corey shares his approach to photography in workshops he teaches in the United States and abroad. Corey has a passion for helping others improve their photography by sharing his knowledge through group and private instruction.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (July 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240814029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240814025
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Corey Hilz is a professional photographer specializing in nature and travel photography. He finds the diversity in nature and cultures around the world offer boundless opportunities for new images. Corey approaches his subjects with an artistic eye, looking for a fresh perspective. He goes beyond the documentary image to show a unique perspective using color, shape and line. He strives to share the beauty of a destination you've never seen and provide a new perspective on a familiar subject. While Corey has collected diverse images from extensive travel, he also find some of the most interesting subjects close to home.

Corey is a published author and his work is seen in magazines, books, calendars and catalogues. His photographs are also seen in exhibits and his prints are found in private collections. Corey has written six books, including two books on digital workflow and the first book dedicated to Lensbaby.

Corey has a passion for sharing his knowledge. He helps others improve their photography through group and private instruction. Corey's instruction enables photographers to improve their photographs technically and artistically. He leads workshops to locations in the United States and abroad, plus offers photography classes and software training.

View portfolios plus find out more about workshops and photo tours on Corey's website: coreyhilz.com

Customer Reviews

Written in easy to understand terms and great supportive photos.
Gordon Isbell
When this book came out it was the first of its kind to explain how the Lensbaby Lenses and Optics work together and what results you can create using DSLR cameras.
Laura Twining
Looking at the pictures in the book shows me the possibilities and really makes me want to grab my camera and just go shoot something.
Kats Eye

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kats Eye on August 19, 2010
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I got my lensbaby composer back in February and immediately started looking for books on the subject so I could learn how to use it most effectively. Imagine my disappointment when I realized there were none available. Then I found this book and it was everything I had been hoping for. I learned so much about the various ways to use the lensbaby and its accessories. I learned tips and tricks for doing things I hadn't even thought of. Since I got this book I've had my lensbaby out every time I've gone on a shoot and I've gotten the most amazing images! I finally feel as though I can use my lensbaby without fear of missing an important shot.

This book is very inspirational as well as informative. Looking at the pictures in the book shows me the possibilities and really makes me want to grab my camera and just go shoot something. I haven't gotten so much enjoyment and knowledge out of a book in a long time.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with a lensbaby as well as those who don't have one. If you can read this book without wanting to instantly buy a lensbaby, you're not a real photographer!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Hobart VINE VOICE on November 12, 2010
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The Lensbaby lens system is a relatively new innovation in photography, and this book is by far the best I've found to help someone get ideas on how to use the Lensbaby and execute those ideas.

When I ordered this book, I did not have a Lensbaby lens, though I was seriously considering one. This book really pushed me over the edge, convinced me to actually purchase the lens, and I am very pleased that I did so.

The book is a tad limited/dated, though. It only addresses 3 lenses - the composer, the muse, and the control freak. It does not really touch much on the 3G (the original) or the newer Lensbaby innovations, such as the tilt-shift lens. These limitations notwithstanding, the book is an outstanding addition to your creative library!

I especially enjoyed the 'accessories' section, which helped me to better understand why I might want to purchase such peripherals as the 'Creative Aperture Kit" or the Wide Angle/Telephoto Kit.

The Lensbaby certainly does not replace the standard lenses in a serious photographer's bag, but it is fun, and this book will help you make the most of your investment in this new concept. I highly recommend this book to all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Ridgway VINE VOICE on November 27, 2010
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I got this book for my wife who is a professional photographer and has her own lensbaby that she has been playing with for quite a while.

This book is extremely helpful for the new and experienced lensbaby user. Not only are there superb examples of the amazing results you can get from proper use of the lensbaby, but there are very good sections that explain all aspects of the use and features of the lensbaby.

The sections also include some technical explanations if you are wanting to know which accessories or lensbaby version will be best for you. Extensive examples and portfolios help the reader to find which techniques and accessories will work for the desired effects.

Overall a great how to with plenty of examples for the new and experienced user.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Gammon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2010
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I've been wanting to get a lensbaby for a long time - but there are so many choices available - which one should I get first? At first blush, the photos look as though they could be reproduced w/ similar effects in Photoshop. Yes and no. One thing any photographer learns as they gain experience is that it's far better to do all your cropping and composing in the viewfinder first, so there's minimal tweak time afterwards. The effects attained with still life and portrait photography are nothing short of amazing. Adding a dream-like halo or streak in each shot - helping to keep the viewer's eye on the subject, not distracting surroundings. It takes the randomness and guesswork out of Holga photography. This book highlights every lens in the lensbaby lineup with several examples and detailed descriptions. It's a great resource to not only help you make a purchase decision, but also to get the best out of any lensbaby you acquire.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By kindred spirit VINE VOICE on September 1, 2010
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Having loved photography since I was a small child I was immediately drawn to this new way and concept in creative photography. I have always loved macro shots and using filters. I have a Meranda SLR 35mm with many filters and lenses. From that I have endless wonderful shots. Then I switched to digital and currently have a basic 8.1 Mega Pix Pentax. I can do a lot with it but not like I did with the 35mm. So then I got into doing my modifications with photo programs but that is just not the same as getting a great shot you don't digitally enhance.

I now have on my wish list an SLR digital camera that will be compatible with the Lensbaby lenses. This book will be all I need to dive into the new world of Lensbaby. The photo's are beautiful and the explanations of the individual lenses are excellent. To a lover of photography this book is eye candy. My favorites so far are the double glass shots.

The book is very high quality with glossy paper and color photos on almost every page with the name of the lens shot at what speed. You get details of how Corey was able to get these beautiful shots. It is all you will need to compliment you Lensbaby collection.

So bend baby and see a new perspective you never dreamed possible.
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