Lens Whacking (Freelensing)

Lens whacking, or as photographers like to call it, free lensing, is when you disconnect your lens from your camera and shoot through it, manually focusing by moving the lens closer or further away from the camera. This technique creates light leaks and flares, as well as focus distortions. Lens whacking allows you get what a lot of hipster Instagrammers and indie filmmakers do in post-production—a really distinct, dreamy look. For the best effect, have your aperture opened to its widest and set your focus to infinity. Also, make sure not to do this anywhere with lots of dust or humidity because that can damage your camera.

Helpful resources made by the pros:
Film Riot tutorial
Philip Bloom article

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