Sherri’s thoughts about this image:
{So I’ve been sitting here, trying to think about why it is that I Freelense. Why do I take a perfectly good lens with bang on focusing, and disconnect it from the body, and then risk complete and epic failure, and missing the shot. Yes, I fail every single day. Every day. When I am shooting daily, I take 200-300 shots per day. And most of those are dismal failures. But every one of those shots that goes straight to the trash, is leading me to the magic. And that magic is in the letting go. That is the reward. When I disconnected my lens on that day in July 2014 and got this shot, the reward wasn’t creating an image with hair that looks like this. Anyone can do that in photoshop. The reward was letting go of control (1/2000th of a second shutter speed helped too). Magic doesn’t happen when we are focused on an outcome. Magic happens when we embrace uncertainty. Uncertainty fuels creativity. It’s saying no to homogeny, and yes to possibility. When I unhook my lens, I don’t know what is going to happen. And that my friends, is the whole point of freelensing. }

Sherri’s Tips:
I went for a drive this morning and really thought about what to say for my three tips. I could go on and on about freelensing but I tried to keep it brief:
1. Know that you will fail. You will miss a shot. And it’s okay. Every single person who has ever succeeded, first had to fail. Failure and success are conjoined twins. JK Rowling, Walt Disney, Steven King, Oprah, Steven Spielberg, Dr Seuss. They were told they were too different. They didn’t fit in with what everyone else was doing. They were told they weren’t good enough. Take a deep breath and just try.
2. My 48 year old eyes can’t see if something is in focus or not. I don’t let that stop me. I practiced and practiced and practiced. I know it is kind of cliché now, but daily shooting really is the best thing I have ever done. I completely owe my ability to manually focus my lens while handholding it against my camera body to daily shooting. If you take enough frames, if you try day after day after day, eventually it will happen. I still don’t know exactly what in the frame will be in focus, if anything. The movement in the lens and the camera from my shaky hands and natural movement in the motion of clicking the shutter change completely alter what ends up being in focus. The shot I took before this one of Leah on the swing did not look like this one. And the shot after certainly didn’t either. I had been trying to get her body in focus. It never occurred to me to try and focus on her billowing hair.
3. Be brave even if you are afraid. The definition of bravery is having the courage to do something even if you are afraid. People will ask why something is blurry. Why it’s different. They’ll tell you they get dizzy looking at freelensed pictures. They’ll say they just don’t get it. Ignore them. Talk is cheap, and to quote Brene Brown “there are a lot of cheap seats in the arena.” Be willing to risk failing. A lot. (Did I mention that already?) Let your fear be your fuel to give it try. And then try again. And again. And again.

Tip of the Week chosen by: @kelly.crews

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2 thoughts on “Tip of the Week

  • August 19, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Love this post more than everything ! So encouraging! I needed this so much! Thank u!

  • September 20, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Beautiful words!!! Thank you for inspiring me<3


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