Author: Corey Hilz

Corey Hilz

Corey Hilz focuses his photography on the natural world and has built his stock of photographs from travel and extensive exploration of local areas; believing some of the most interesting subjects are found close to home. Corey is a published author and his photos have been used in magazines, books, newspapers, calendars, brochures and catalogues. He gives lectures, teaches workshops and provides private instruction for those looking to focus their learning. In particular, Corey enjoys working with students in the field, so they may learn to improve their images as they create them. His instruction enables photographers to improve their photographs technically and artistically. Corey is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA).


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Lensbaby: All That Blur


There’s more to taking a sweet spot photo than picking what’s going to be sharp. When using an optic with a sweet spot you’ve got all sorts of blur surrounding the sharp area in your image. These out of focus areas, whether softly blurred or dramatically streaked, are also key parts of your image. Pay…

Lensbaby Composer Pro, Edge 80 Optic. The horizontal slice of focus cuts through the light at the top of the lighthouse.

Slice Vs. Sweet Spot


Let’s review a key difference between using a sweet spot and using a slice of focus. With a sweet spot optic you tilt the lens toward where you want the sharp focus. In contrast, with the Edge 80 the direction in which you tilt the lens is not influenced by where you want the slice…

Lensbaby Composer, Fisheye Optic Live View was indispensable while I was handholding my camera within inches of the flowers. I could easily compose and focus while watching the Live View display. If I had had to look through the viewfinder I would have cast a shadow on the flowers.

Lensbaby: Focus Bracketing and Live View


I’ll admit it. Sometimes I’ve employed all the advice and tips I offer here and my Lensbaby photos still weren’t as sharp as I thought they would be. I know it can be frustrating. If you find yourself in this situation here are a couple ways you can improve your chances of getting the photo…

Lensbaby composer

Photography Pros Talkin’ Lensbaby: Flowers


Tony Sweet-Nature Photographer [ ] Lensbaby has been an integral part of my gear since its inception. The look is unique, and with the new optics, the creative photo horizons are unlimited. To me, Lensbaby is a great and expressive lens for flower photography. From the wide open look to the soft optic to…


Pros Talkin Lensbaby: [Urban & Architecture]


Jerome Hart: I am a seasoned professional photographer and have been shooting seriously since the middle 1960s. I have experience in all aspects of photography and shoot for a living every day. When I shoot for myself, the last thing I want to do is to go out and shoot something that is like…

exposure and the lensbaby

Exposure and the Lensbaby


When you attach your Lensbaby to your camera for the first time, there are a few settings to review so that you can start taking photos as soon as possible. Most important, you want your camera to be able to “see” the Lensbaby. To make sure this happens, check your exposure mode. Manual exposure mode…

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