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Camera House : Better Pictures 11
Bird’s EyE View Landscape shooter Matt Granger took to the road with the Lensbaby Optic system to discover its unique properties. Asashooter who learned the fundamentals of photography on film and SLRs, Matt Granger – aka ‘ThatNikonGuy’ – is au fait when it comes to getting the most out of his camera and lenses. So it’s not surprising that Granger would become a fan of Lensbaby Optics, a system that allows photographers to craft incredible unique images. “Personally, I would much rather spend more time out in the field, taking images, than behind my desk editing them,” says Granger. “Indeed, my mantra on ThatNikonGuy (his website) is ‘get your gear out’. It is great to spend time researching and investigating new gear, but that is not photography. It is the grunt work that enables photography. The magic happens in that moment when you line things up, and as you click the shutter you just know you have created something special. That is the essence of photography, for me.” Recently, Granger accepted a role as an ambassador for Lensbaby and he can’t help but sing the praises of the system. “Lensbaby lets me create images that are unique and unrepeatable. Anyone can grab an f/1.4 lens and blur the background out – it looks great but it is simple. If you really want to isolate, draw attention to or from aspects in the scene, Lensbaby offers something unique. Want to draw attention to just one corner of the shot? Want a line of sharp focus left to right or top to bottom in the scene? Want to have just one thing sharp, despite it being the same distance from the camera as the rest? Lensbaby allows you to do all that. No longer is it just defined by the distance from the focal plane to the subject.” 35 Feature landscapE 035_Bpics11_LensBaby.indd 35 27/11/12 2:07 PM
Better Pictures 10
Better Pictures 12