Sweet Pup Portraits with the Lensbaby Twist 60

November 19th, 2016
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twist 60 photo by louise zabriskie

The perfect gift for the photographer with a penchant for pups, (or really, any eye-catching portraiture), Lensbaby’s Twist 60 lens captures shots with a dynamic bokeh that gives every image a unique spin. Take $40 off the Twist 60 lens through 11/23, and create one-of-a-kind images that really make your subject pop. Get yours today. This post is brought to us by Lensbaby, originally posted on their blog.


twist 60 photo by greig reid

Our 60mm f/2.5 Twist 60 lens makes the subject of your images pop by surrounding them in deliciously twisty, swirly blur and subtle vignette. Twist 60, like any of our lenses, takes a little practice and forethought in order to create those magical images you envision in your head.


twist 60 photo by ben hutchinson

Keep these guidelines in mind, and you’ll get to the magic part quicker! Key ingredients for composing dog portraits like these are:

  • shoot at a bright aperture like f/2.5 or f/2.8
  • position the camera relatively close (a few feet or so) to your subject
  • make sure there are several feet of separation between subject and background
  • place your subject against a background that has plenty of texture

twist 60 photo by ben hutchinson

A pooch adoringly looking up at you (or that treat in your hand) provides natural separation between subject and background. And the ground – be it grass, gravel, or pavement – is naturally textured, making Twist 60 a particularly fun lens for dog portraits.


twist 60 photo by keri friedman

If the swirly bokeh is a bit too intense for you, it’s easy to dial it back. These dog portraits below have less separation between subject and background, and the subject is further from the camera. The background also isn’t as textured. Twist 60’s subtle vignette still makes your subject POP, but without so much swirly bokeh.


twist 60 photo by greig reid

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