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Unlocking Creativity: Lensbaby OMNI Filters in My Beauty and Portrait Photography

I'm absolutely thrilled to share my recent experience with the Lensbaby OMNI Filter kits, which have quickly become indispensable tools in my photography journey. As a photographer passionate about beauty and portrait work, I'm always on the lookout for innovative ways to elevate my craft. The Lensbaby OMNI Filters have added that extra touch of magic I was searching for.


girl with a star sticker around her blue eye in half blue light and half green light looking over her left shoulder
Erin Holmstead Photography

What are Lensbaby OMNI Filters?


You might be wondering, what exactly are Lensbaby OMNI Filters? Well, they are nothing short of incredible. These shoot-through crystals, crafted by Lensbaby, are designed to create stunning in-camera effects like enchanting flares, mesmerizing rainbows, and dreamy bokeh. The beauty of these filters is that they seamlessly integrate with your existing lenses by attaching to your lens via a filter ring.


The Magic of the Magnetic Mounts


One of the standout features of the OMNI system is its magnetic arms, available in short or long sizes. Think of these as mini magnetic rods that offer hands-free control of the filters. You simply attach them to the magnetic mounts and easily adjust their position by sliding along a metal track on the filter ring. This means you can move, twist, and rotate the Effect Wands to precisely control the way light interacts with your image. The result is a captivating, personalized touch that doesn't require any major gear changes.


My Journey with OMNI Filters


My journey with Lensbaby OMNI Filters began with an exciting mock shoot in my studio. The setup was simple yet effective: a 6-by-6 foot softbox, a Godox AD600Pro Witstro All-In-One Outdoor Flash with a beauty dish, and my trusty camera settings. What immediately struck me was the versatility of these filters. With just a slight adjustment in placement, each filter unleashed multiple captivating effects. I tried attaching them to the arms and even experimented with hand-holding them at varying distances from my lens. The results were nothing short of magical, so I decided to step things up and organize a real photoshoot.


girl with purple hair wearing a crown made out of necklaces that are draped across her face
Erin Holmstead photography

Capturing the Magic


For the actual photoshoot, I recreated the setup with a flash for a high-key, white background look. It was a journey of exploration, with some images not quite hitting the mark, while others turned into pure magic. What's fascinating about Lensbaby OMNI Filters is that they encourage experimentation. I found myself trying different techniques, embracing the unknown, and discovering new dimensions of creativity in my work.


One game-changing moment came when I decided to use a triangular mirror around my lens, following Lindsey Adler's trick, to multiply the filter effect in-camera. The result? Simply amazing. The only challenge was that I couldn't replicate the exact look consistently. It was a bit of trial and error, but the joy of creating unique images made it all worth it.



In Conclusion


If you're looking to push your creative boundaries in beauty and portrait photography, Lensbaby OMNI Filters are your perfect companion. They open doors to a world of endless possibilities, allowing you to step outside the traditional confines of photography. As a proud owner of these products, I can attest to the profound impact they've had on my work. The Lensbaby OMNI Creative Filter System is available for $99.95, and for an extra dose of fun, the OMNI Crystal Expansion Pack can be added for just $49.95.


Discover the magic, embrace the creativity, and let your images shine with Lensbaby OMNI Filters. I can't wait to see the remarkable moments you capture with these innovative tools in your photography kit.

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