Monday, October 18, 2010



Digital Photo Academy offers free Lensbaby workshops around the country. Lensbaby are known for their lenses that give a "sweet spot of focus surrounded by graduated blur." I took one of the classes in Los Angeles taught by George Simian. For the three hour seminar, we were loaned Lensbaby's top of the line model, the Composer. I already own a Lensbaby 2.0 but haven't used it much. The Composer costs more than the 2.0 (now known as the Muse) - $270 vs $100/150 (plastic/glass lens) but the Composer is MUCH easier to use and offers a lot more control. With the 2.0 or Muse you have to constantly squeeze and bend the lens to focus, while the Composer allows you to twist in a focus spot and keep it there hands free. I think the Composer is definitely worth the extra dough and if it had been manufactured when I decided to purchase my Lensbaby, I definitely would have bought the Composer instead. But if you like a LOT of unpredictability and variety in your photos, the 2.0 or Muse may be perfect for you.
- Lydia Marcus








© Lydia Marcus /
Photographed October 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

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