Creating Light Leaks With Coffee


To create light leaks you don’t have to open your camera, just use coffee as a bath for your film! The first one was with an ordinary negative film and on the second try I used a slide film.

This was another try of experimenting with coffee.

The first one was with an ordinary negative film and on the second try I used a slide film.

Here's the album for negative film and here's the album where I used slide film.

On both films, the coffee created some nice color bubbles, so I was curious about what the coffee will do with a b/w film.

Instead of color bubbles i found some light leaks on the film without the manual process of opening the camera back.

You can find the whole series of photos here.

written by t82 on 2011-11-23 #gear #tutorials #coffee #film #experiment #tipster #quickie-tipster #light-leaks #labrat #coffee-on-film #top-tipster-techniques


  1. theycallmeelton
    theycallmeelton ·

    Fantastic results! :O

  2. thaiseb
    thaiseb ·

    Hot or Cold coffee ?

  3. namwann_piz
    namwann_piz ·

    beautiful old-looking photos

  4. hail90
    hail90 ·

    such an cool effect!! Very mystical looking

  5. t82
    t82 ·

    thanks a lot!
    the film was bathing in hot coffee @thaiseb !

  6. ceschot
    ceschot ·

    Awesome! I've got two questions about it: did you rinse it with water afterwards? And how did you let it dry? Did you let it dry inside the canister or did you take the film out in a darkroom and dried it with a fan or something?

  7. blankcircles
    blankcircles ·

    yeah...can you explain the process of actually how to do it a little bit more? how do you put the coffee on it and when? and how long do you keep it in there? details!! the b&w looked so cool, I would love to try this effect.

  8. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·


  9. t82
    t82 ·

    thanks a lot!
    hey @ceschot yes, i did rinse the cold water and i let the film dry (pulled out of the canister) for some hours over the heater in a dark room!
    first i boiled the coffee @blankcircles and i droped the film into the hot coffee in a cup for about 15-20 min.
    let me know about your results, or be free to post the link to your coffee-album down under.
    lomo on!

  10. carlota_nonnumquam
    carlota_nonnumquam ·

    The photos are amazing, I'd really love to try it. Wy did you delete the photos from your LomoHome? :( They were so beautiful!

  11. t82
    t82 ·

    thanks a lot @carlota_nonnumquam

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