Twisted Lens Camera Trick: Cool Camera Tricks You Can Try at Home

Here’s a trick I sometimes use when I want to add a little movement to an otherwise static subject…


*** A tripod
*** Your camera
*** A subject that’s lit up at night
*** A telephoto (zoom) lens


First, it helps to put your camera on a tripod so you have a steady platform to work from.

Next, make sure your shutter speed is at least one second; you can accomplish this by setting a high f-stop (like f16) or a low ISO (100), or a combination.

After composing your shot, zoom your lens (in or out, whichever you prefer) while the camera is taking the picture (that is why the shutter speed needs to be long). With a little trial and error you will get some shots that are high on “wow” factor but low on the difficulty scale.

This sample photograph depicts a neon sign of Route 66 in Gallup, New Mexico:

Now you try.

This simple trick really does make your photo stand out from the crowd.

Christina Merchant, here in the Great Escape Publishing, told me she tried it out at our recent Photography Workshop in Paris and came away with this iconic shot:

And, here’s another stunning example, taken by past workshop attendee Cheryl B.:

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4 responses to “Twisted Lens Camera Trick: Cool Camera Tricks You Can Try at Home”

  1. B.Chambers

    I love it! (Rt. 66 pic) thanks so much for sharing both your picture and technique. I would love to travel and photograph my journeys. *-*

  2. Rob

    Interesting pictures using this technique. I will have to see if I can do any similar pictures

    Thanks for ideas

  3. luis

    Rt. 66 pic Really Cooo!! ill have to try it!

  4. Robbin

    LOVE this, what a fun idea !!

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