How to use a crystal ball for photography

glass ball for photography
The final glass ball photo is rotated through 180 degrees in Photoshop so the reflection is the right way up (Image credit: Claire Gillo / Digital Camera World)

There’s something very satisfying about holding a crystal ball in your hand… The subject is projected upside-down through the glass ball, and inside you have an encapsulated scene.  

For our shoot, we used a Pro-sized Lensball. There are cheaper alternatives, but we found the quality of the Lensball to be excellent.    

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Claire Gillo

Claire is a professional photographer and writer, and lives by the the sea with her two young children, husband and cat in the southwest of the UK.

After graduating from The Bournemouth Arts Institute with a first-class degree in photography, Claire worked for a number of years in the publishing industry, including as Technique Editor for Digital Camera magazine.

She loves anything and everything to do with photography, from creating magazine articles to photographing ballerinas on the beach and newborn babies (but not at the same time). She mainly shoots with digital DSLRs, but does dust off her beloved Hasselblad medium-format film camera once in a while…