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Another Way to Play with Light

Here's a trick on how you can get light leaks without opening your camera! Read on for the steps.

Photo by cohetesnaranjas

Light leaks, are inputs that allow light to give a special effect to your creations. The easiest way to achieve this effect is by opening the back cover of one of the cameras we’re using risking losing some of the snapshots taken.

So I present you a new risky trick, but with somewhat different results

To perform this trick you need:

  • A reel used with a film part outside of it, or a roll with 12 pictures, where there is enought room to put another reel inside. (in laboratories you can ask them, to keep the canister of these reels that have been already developed)
  • Duct tape and scissors.
  • The reel that we are going to use (with photos taken or not). The order of factors doesn’t alter the product.

What you need to do is pick the reel that we use to take the photos and cut the top to make it perfectly straight. Then tape will join with it the other reel (like a handmade redscale). Finally the good reel will be put into the other canister. During the process, some parts of the reel will not be protected against light allowing it to burn some areas, yellow and orange stripes will appear. So we once again using the possibilities of analog photography.

Hope you like it!

written by cohetesnaranjas and translated by carlosbull


  1. chethong


    I think this is a good trick; unfortunately I don't quite understand it fully :) Would be great if you could put in some pictures of how you do it too ? :)

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  2. i_am_bad_news_in_the_best_way


    I like it!

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  3. cohetesnaranjas


    @chethong it's like make a redscale DIY :)

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  4. chethong


    Awesome! Thank you!

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