My New Photography Toy, The Lensball

Hey everyone!

I’m back after a very busy weekend celebrating Father’s Day and my brother’s birthday – my Dad’s and sister’s are coming up too but that isn’t the point in this post (as lovely as that would be).

Only a couple of weeks ago my sister sent me this video on Instagram about this ‘Lensball’ which can be used to change the dynamic of your photography. Being the photography geek I am I knew I had to have one, but amazingly before I even had a chance to purchase, one arrived in the post as a surprise from my boyfriend!

One very happy / lucky lady! The packaging it arrived in was even beautiful – have a look for yourself down below!

This won’t come as a surprise to you that the very next day I rushed out to take some photographs. My boyfriend helped out as the hand model / holding the ‘Lensball’ whilst I got the shots!
We actually ended up walking nearly 10km that day, starting off at London Bridge, walking alongside the river, past the Shard and to St Paul’s too. Thankfully, our tired legs were all worth it when we saw the photographs at the end of the day and I ended up with around 10 favourites as I couldn’t pick.

Despite the funny looks walking through London with what looks like a miniature crystal ball, my first experience using my ‘Lensball’ was very enjoyable. Careful though – if you hold it too long in the sun, it does act as a giant magnifying glass and you have to be careful not to burn your hands!

After researching, I found that many people like to flip their photographs up the ‘wrong’ way so that the picture in the ‘Lensball’ is the right way round or just flip the ball’s image. I liked my photographs either way but do feel some work better flipped to others. Which do you prefer?


My ‘Lensball’ is the ’80mm Pro Lensball’ which can be found on Amazon. There is a slightly smaller version and obviously as this was a gift I didn’t get to pick, although I would have gone for the bigger one anyway. I imagine that only difference apart from the size would be the weight, I found that after a while of holding my ‘Lensball’ outstretched in my hand it does naturally become quite heavy.
If you end up getting one for yourself, it does help taking a friend to be your hand model so you don’t have to worry about those tired arms!


I can’t wait until the next time I take my ‘Lensball’ out on another adventure and remember my Instagram is always first to see the photographs so you can keep up to date over there.

Let me know which photograph is your favourite and why in the comments, I’d love to know your thoughts.
Thank you for reading everyone!

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(All photographs featured in this blog post are my own).

38 Comments

  1. Very lovely photos!!!! I love how you played with the lensball! 🙂 I also love to learn photography on the side if I do have the time.

    1. Thank you lovely! It’s so much fun to use, I did nearly drop it a couple of times though – it says it’s ‘scratch’ proof but I’d rather not test it haha! x

  2. abbiejadewanders says:

    I NEED THIS! I love the effect, these photos are fab 🙂 x

    abbiejadewanders.co.uk

    1. Thank you so much! You definitely should, the photographs it helps create are so cool! x

  3. Creative Nails says:

    I hadn’t heard of this before, it’s quite interesting though. Definitely a new and creative way to get photos, it adds a cool touch to them! Also, how lovely of your boyfriend to do that for you, what a lovely surprise it must have been 😀

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    1. Thank you so much! I know, I was so shocked when it turned up, I thought I’d accidentally gone on another spending spree! 😉 x

  4. Loved this!!! Its so amazing your boyfriend was on your same wavelength! It truly adds a dynamic to your photos that makes it stunning!

    1. Thank you so much lovely, I was so shocked and grateful when it turned up – it’s the little things eh? Thank you again for being a part of my milestone and helping me reach 30 followers! <3 x

  5. I’ve been looking at these for a while and I so want one! 😀

    1. Get one! You definitely won’t regret it! Just make sure you don’t burn yourself like me haha! x

  6. Wow!! I never even knew a lensball existed but the photos you took look amazing!! How cool! This looks like such a fun way to be creative with photography. Thank you for sharing Imogen xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Me neither, I have my sister to thank for finding it – she knows how much I love photography and knew it would be my new favourite gadget! I can’t wait to get out and play around with it some more. Glad you liked it Bexa, thank you for reading! <3 xx

  7. I’ve seen the lens ball everywhere on IG (follow lots of photographers) and I really want to get one to step up my photography game.

    Btw, all your photos look beautiful! I esp. love the St. Paul’s view.

    x Rasya

    1. It’s so tempting to get one isn’t it? Thank you so much, that means a lot! That’s actually mine and my parents favourites too! x

  8. I’ve never heard of these but the effect you can get is stunning! Your photos are gorgeous 🙂 xxx

    1. Thank you lovely, that means a lot xxx

  9. St Pauls is my favourite! Looks really cool what a great idea. Thanks for sharing

    Mike

    1. Thank you so much! Have a lovely day 🙂 x

  10. Emily Isobelle Jane says:

    I love photography this is so cool!! I would love one of these! Great post girl! ☺️

    Emily xx
    http://Www.thevogueveggie.com

    1. Thank you lovely!! You have to get one, they’re so much fun to just play around with! xx

  11. That Lensball sounds so cool! Also, the photos look amazing! I could see how it could be a exercise ball or a third wheel in your relationship. Writing about your relationship, your boyfriend must be the best since he knows you. Have a great day taking pictures and having fun adventures! 🙂

    1. Thank you lovely! Haha, it definitely has my attention at the moment – I’m obsessed! Have a lovely day 🙂

  12. It looks really fascinating!! Now I have to have one :O

    1. Definitely get one, they’re such a cool little thing to have and so fun to play around with! 🙂

  13. I actually JUST saw this on your Instagram and I’m now desperate to buy one! I was looking at buying the smaller one which hopefully won’t be too small? The photos just look gorgeous. I’m only really starting out in photography, but I think this would be so fun to try out! Loved this post, it was super helpful 🙂

    1. No way? Yay, it’s so nice to hear that someone has been inspired by my photography to buy one – the one I have is 80mm and the smaller is 60mm so I really don’t think they will be all too different – at least I can’t imagine you’d be able to tell! You’re more than welcome, you’ll have to tag me in your post or on instagram if you get one! x

      1. Yeah I definitely will. Friday is Payday so who knows 😉

        1. Treat yourself!! 😉

          1. Alright, you convinced me 😂

          2. Yayyyyy! <3

  14. OMG!! 😮 You have a lens ball! I’ve seen snippets of videos on this and it always seemed so fancy and cool. I’d be caught so much in my head trying not to drop that lol. I think the concept and effect casted from the lensball is pretty gnarly! Lucky you! 😀 Great post hun! <3

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    1. Yeah!!! 😀 <3 Oh gosh don;'t, I was so panicky thinking it would fall out my hand, apparently it's shatter proof though but I'm still not willing to test it! Thank you lovely xx

  15. ooooo I am so going to have to get one of these. great blog post really enjoyed reading it xxx

    1. I’m so glad, let me know if you end up getting one – they’re honestly so much fun!xxx

  16. The Lensball looks really cool, it makes the photos look fab! I think my favourite is the one of St Paul’s Cathedral too, I like the ones with the upside down images. x

    1. Thanks so much lovely, that’s mine too I think! 🙂 x

  17. I’ve never seen these before but they are so, so effective, these photos are amazing! Thankyou for sharing their downsides, like the heat and heaviness, too.

    Lyd- whatlyddid.com

    1. Imogen Chloe says:

      Thank you so much! Of course, always like to give an honest review! Glad you enjoyed it! x

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