Tips & Tricks

If shooting through crystals and other objects is new to you or you want to learn more about how to get the most out of the OMNI Creative Filter System. These tips and tricks will help ensure you get the best results from your new creative tool!

  • Look for a bright source of light to work with, this can be natural or artificial.
  • 35mm and longer focal lengths are ideal, but you can create great effects at wider focal lengths too. When shooting at focal lengths wider than 35mm sometimes the Effect Wand can become too visible in the frame. Also, due to the wide field of view, sometimes the Effect Wand doesn’t take up enough space in the frame.
  • OMNI can be used on most prime and zoom lenses with both auto and manual focus. It is also compatible with Lensbaby Velvet 56, Velvet 85, and Burnside 35 lenses only.
  • Brighter apertures work best no matter what focal length you’re using. This helps to obscure any detail (like lines and edges) of the actual object you are shooting through. It can also be helpful to shoot in aperture priority mode.
  • Get to know each Effect Wand and its unique effect. Start with the primary system – Rainbow Film, Stretch Glass, Crystal Seahorse. Once you’re familiar, then move on to others in the Crystal Expansion Pack.
  • Try shooting at night, getting extra creative with artificial light sources like street lights and neon signs.
  • Experiment and have fun, there are no hard and fast rules to OMNI!

Effect Wands

The Rainbow Film works well attached either directly to the mount, or to an arm. If you place it on an arm, you can get different angles and shapes of rainbow streaks, and depending on the lighting situation, a bit of reflection off the film itself. 

The Stretch Glass is best used with one of the arms so you can move and rotate it almost like a paintbrush. Try placing it at the edge of the frame to streak light through the image. Or try positioning it perpendicular to your lens, near the edge, with the flat side facing in to add large clear reflections.

The Crystal Seahorse is also best used with one of the arms. Its unique shape with angled glass planes, ridged edges, and flat areas creates endless possibilities for complex flare, light redirection, and radiant multi-layered reflections.

Crystal Expansion Pack

The Triangle Prism is all about reflection and can work well placed directly on the magnetic mount or on an arm. Test out the different angled sides of the triangle to see how that affects your reflections. Also, try to shoot through a point where the sides meet for some bonus rainbow colors. 

The Crystal Spear is used similarly to the Crystal Seahorse but creates a wide variety of effects from radiant specular highlights and kaleidoscopic reflections to dreamlike flare. The Crystal Spear can also produce rainbow streaks and tends to work best on an arm.

The Scalloped Window can produce a lot of flare around its clear center when shooting through it parallel to the lens. Turn it on an angle or perpendicular to the lens to get beautiful round balls of bokeh, depending upon your light source.