Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Introducing what's new | Rebecca Lewis - RLStudioPortraiture

I am very particular about the quality of products I offer as a photographer so I spend a lot of time on my search for that perfect item. It's kind of like buying that perfect gift for someone really special and right now I am pretty excited to share that I have added a new product to my line.

Introducing - The Little Black Book and it's just in time for Mother's Day and any other special occasion worth celebrating!

This luxurious hand crafted book made to order will give enjoyment for years to come.  I have put together a short video to share what they look like. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"The Poppy Queen" an experimental photographic art piece | Rebecca Lewis - RLStudioPortraiture

This image in the bottom left corner has been in my collection for some time. It was taken during a session with my daughter last year. You might remember this post if you have been following along.
At that time I had given another treatment to the image but I kept coming back because I also wanted to do something else with it. 
I do that some times - I leave an image alone to give some time to think about it and let it marinate for a while not really sure of what direction it will go in.
Recently re-inspired by Brooke Shaden and Miss Aniela (two of my favorite Photographer/Artisans) I have decided to try a more conceptual artistic approach with some of my work by stretching my imagination and the imagination of others by creating something a little more experimental in addition to my regular work. 
I understand it's not my norm. 
Some of you may not like it however I believe that there are those of you who will and will understand that I must do what I am drawn to to feed the artist inside me. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Freelensing in the studio today | Rebecca Lewis - RLStudioPortraiture

Perhaps you have heard of it and maybe you even use it in your photography but if you don't I wanted to share with you some images from my first experimentation with it. I am by no means and expert but as a newbie learning this method I am very excited and hooked on the process. I cannot wait to try this out in more of my work and sessions.
If you do not know what freelensing is simply put it is the process of taking photographs without the lens attached to the camera body.
Having read about it on several occasions and I finally decided to give it a go. It's not difficult to do but I did find it a little tricky to stay still enough to capture images that weren't completely out of focus while holding the camera in one had and moving the lens around in the other.

These first few images were taken using a Canon 50D and my 50mm lens. I found this process was much better to do with the camera set to manual.

Here you can see what I mean. Don't get me wrong, you do want some amount of blurring. Without the lens attached you will get what looks similar to the effects made by using a tilt shift lens but you still want an area of focus to be clear. 

Here I am getting better. You can see that the beaded hand bag has more definition.

Now this is where I think it got pretty cool. I moved the lens around and tipped/angled it around a bit. This allowed for more light to leak in through the gap between the lens and the body creating a pretty gorgeous flare and colorization. 

And for even more fun you can flip the lens around to create a macro effect like this one here. I still need some work on moving while snapping the shot. 

The images below were taken using my kit lens, a 28-135. 

And one last image. A macro shot of the beads on the small hand bag. 

I love the look and cannot wait to do this more. I see lots of practice and the experimenting with other lenses in the future as well. 

A quick reminder, always be extra careful when photographing with this method. It certainly has the opportunity to cause damage to your camera or lens. Accidents happen and you certainly do not want to drop anything. I recommend that you use your strap around your neck for extra security and that you do not do this outside in the rain or on windy days where dirt and debris is flying around to keep anything from damaging the sensors.