HOW TO... use the Lensbaby Omni Creative Filter System

Wedding and portrait photographer Steven Neeson explains how and why to use the Lensbaby Omni Creative Filter System

How to use the Lensbaby Omni
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Steven Neeson is a highly respected wedding and portrait photographer and the president of the Professional Photographers Association Northern Ireland.

He’s always looking for new ways to get creative with his camera and until recently he routinely carried things like cheap reading glasses, a glass prism and plastic champagne flutes in his camera bag so he had them ready to shoot through and add creative effects to his images in-camera.

It can produce some great results which his clients love, but it’s a juggling act because you’ve got to hold your camera in one hand and the champagne flute in the other. And while you’re at it, you need to make sure that you’ve nailed the composition, focusing and exposure.

When Steven saw the Lensbaby Omni Creative Filter System he knew he had to try it. It’s basically a system that’s designed to hold objects (Wands) in front of the lens to introduce the creative effects that Steven loves.

In the video below, Steven explains how he’s been using it, scroll down for step-by-step instructions.

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How to use the Lensbaby Omni Creative Filter System

As you saw in the video, the Lensbaby Omni Creative Filter System has a ring that mounts on the end of your lens via the filter thread. This comes in two sizes, small and large and it’s important to buy the right one for your lens. If in doubt, go for the large as you can use step-down rings to fit it on smaller optics. Both versions of the Omni Creative Filter System come with step-rings as listed below.

  • Small: 58mm with 49mm, 52mm, and 55mm step-down rings
  • Large: 77mm with 62mm, 67mm and 72mm step-down rings and an 82mm step-up ring
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01 Attach the mount

Screw the Lensbaby Omni Filter System ring on to your lens using a step-down or step-up ring as necessary. Using the 82mm step-up ring with the large system can cause vignetting in some cases, but this can often be avoided by zooming in a little.

02 Snap-on the Wand(s)

Next, put the magnetic mounts on the filter ring and attach a wand by letting the magnetic ball at the top of its handle snap into the mounting cup.

03 Position the Wand(s)

Twist the Wand(s) in their mount and move the mount around the ring as necessary to get the effect that you want where you want it in the image.

If necessary, use the included mount extenders to move the Wand(s) further away from the lens front element.

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