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How To Make Fake Light Leaks

This tipster is for those of us who don't owe cameras that do light leaks but would like to have something similar to that effect on our photos.

This is actually very easy to do. If you don’t like messing with your cameras or films to make some light leaks by force, this is a way to do it. This is one example of my fake light leak. It does look quite the part, doesn’t it?

Photo by lomofrue

These are what you’ll need:

1. A camera (I used Lomo LC-A because I think it’s a really capable camera)
2. A roll of film (I used agfa precisa and I cross processed it for more vibrant colors)
3. A computer
4. and access to the Internet

The procedure is really simple.

  • Open Google. Search for some photos of galaxies, asteroids, sunsets, burning stars. Something that is really colorful but not a full photo. I think it comes out best when the picture is almost black with some burning orange asteroid or color in the middle.
  • Take photos of these pictures on screen.
  • When you come to the end of your film, rewind it and start shooting all over again.

What you’ll end up doing is exposing your films beforehand using the pictures you got from the Internet and use them as pre-exposed images for your next shots.

The results aren’t light leaks but something that looks quite similar. It gives a little spark to your photos.

written by lomofrue


  1. jakemasa

    The results from this tip are amazing.
    It gives a very unique look

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  2. sadiestoker


    super cool !
    thanx for sharing !

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  3. priyotrilaksono


    thank you for sharing.. I'll try it

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