About a year ago, portrait and wedding photographer, Sam Hurd, shared his prisming technique and practically sold out prisms across the internet. Sam is always pushing his work to the next level and staying ahead of the curve. Here is his latest technique, "Lens Chimping", and some advice on trying it yourself.
Sam's new technique is accomplished by holding a convex lens in front of your camera lens much like the prism. However, instead of pulling from the top or bottom (or left and right depending on how you hold it) plane of your image the convex lens pulls and distorts light evenly from the side.
Sam has reported that this lens does much better through airport security checks and can fit in your pocket. It really puts some movement in a static image.
If you need a macro in a pinch, you can simply place the convex glass flush to your lens. The example below is shot with a 50mm 1.2 lens.
Like any photography technique, too much of it will overload your photos, but with a little effort and some uses here and there this could become a very useful tool to turn boring images into some for your portfolio.