What is lensball photography?
Lensball photography is the act of taking a photograph through a glass ball also called a lensball. The name is a good description because it acts as an external lens optic. The ball uses refraction to bend the light as it passes through the glass, which is of denser mass than air.
The lensball acts as a natural frame to capture the scene directly behind it, albeit upside down. The effective focal length of the lensball is similar to that of a fisheye lens.
Why take this course?
Your instructor for this lensball photography course is Simon Bond, an expert in the field. His work has been on the front cover of National Geographic traveler, and his lensball photography has been featured in several magazines.
This course covers the major photography genres of photography including landscape, portrait, and still-life work all with the lensball. Then advanced techniques like creating a floating ball photo will also be covered.
- WHAT – You’ll receive almost 2 hours of video tutorials.
- HOW – The course is divided into six sections, roughly 25 minutes long. Each section covers an aspect of lensball photography in depth.
- WHO – The course is aimed at people who are familiar with settings like aperture and shutter speed, who like creative photography, and who want to learn a new technique in greater detail. If you’re a beginner it’s possible to pick this up, but there is a steeper learning curve.
- GEAR – You’ll need a lensball and a camera that allows you to control the aperture. Additional equipment like a tripod, and lighting for off-camera flash will sometimes help but isn’t needed to enjoy this course.
If you’re reading this page, you are most likely already familiar with lensball photography. But if you’re not and you want to learn more I encourage you to read What is Lensball Photography and How to Get Started, an article provided by Simon Bond.
He has provided a few tutorials on our website.
Lensball photography is something fun you can do with your camera club or a group of friends. Find a location that suits your taste and start making images.