I often use at large format 4X5 camera in my personal work. It is capable of a number of camera movements that allow me to be highly selective with my focus. Fortunately, for the occasions I’m not in the studio and want a similar effect there is an option. I’ve had my Lensbaby Muse for a few months now and I use it as often as I can. It’s great for both video and stills, allowing me to get the selective focus I’m looking for in a small easy to use package.
The Muse system comes with a set of disks that can be inserted effectively changing your aperture. These can be modified into different shapes that will change the way the bokeh or the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light appear in the image. The example below was created by removing the tab off a can of Red Bull and taping it onto one of the disks.
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