September 28, 2014 at 1:56AM


Lens Whacking

Hello friends,
Here is a small example of Lens Whacking that I have done. But somehow the images are too shaky and blurred.
Any suggestions how can I improve the same?


(PS: I didn’t use tripod and my lens is 18-55mm lens).


Lens whacking is gonna be shaky no matter what, but Film Riot has an excellent video concerning the logistics of it and what the best way to go about it is.

September 28, 2014 at 9:55PM


Lens whacking is somewhat shaky by virtue of it's style/technique, however you could try filming at a higher frame rate (i.e. 60 fps) and then conforming it to your target frame rate (24fps?) which would slow the overall motion of the footage resulting in a smoother image.

The blurriness is something which may take time, as you grow accustomed to how your different lenses respond at different focusing distances. (Focal length, aperture, and the distance your focus is set at being the main factors in addition to how far you move your lens from the sensor.)

September 30, 2014 at 9:48AM

Michael Rothermel
DP / Editor / Producer

I did some lens whacking in a short film recently. I feel like it turned out pretty well. It was used during an intense dream sequence to give it that weird dreamy feel. I used the cheap nifty fifty 1.8. It worked well cause I was able to keep it right in front of the sensor and not mess up the lens or the camera at all. A medium focal length does help out a lot.
I would totally watch that Film Riot video up there ^^
It helped me out before we went into filming.

You can check that short film out here and let me know what you think!

October 9, 2014 at 6:03AM

Will Watkins
Cinematographer // Editor

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