The Mystery of Light Leaks and Paperback Numbers


Light Leaks – can you create them?

YES! It’s possible!

After rewinding the entire spool of your 120 film, take it out and shake it a bit until the rolled layers became loose. Just be careful because much of your shots especially the few frames of the roll will be completely burnt. Hold the film in one hand and shake it again but this time under the sun or any artificial bright source and just have the loose layers of the backing paper absorb some of the light quickly like for a few seconds, this just is enough to get that leaks you wanted without completely washing out your shots and that’s it!

Enjoy trying and share some of your leaky 120 shots when you’re done!

The chance to have the entire numbers on you shot is bigger, when you have bigger frame sizes (6×9 or 6×12).
Enjoy trying!

written by mephisto19 on 2009-05-14 #gear #tutorials #120 #tip #light-leak #light-leaks #tipster #how-to


  1. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    i have it

  2. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Turns out great! Shot # 9 looks familiar somehow.....

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Yeah, when I see that my roll is loose (specially when shooting with Diana+ or Holga) I play a bit with it to let some light in and have these magic light leaks with numbers! :)))

  4. treehugger419
    treehugger419 ·

    Cool idea. I like number 8 a lot! thanks for sharing

  5. stouf
    stouf ·

    This gallery is a masterpiece. Good job Stephan !

  6. mandashitley
    mandashitley ·

    You rock for posting this!

  7. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Great pics, Stephan ! It's so funny to do, but a bit dangerous, too. One time I loose half of the pics of a 120 roll.

  8. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    thanks a lot for all your comments and yes, you have to becareful...!

  9. monoflow
    monoflow ·

    oh crapp i submitted it several times.. pfff

  10. devrimarie
    devrimarie ·

    I love these, they are so spooky!

  11. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·


  12. dd1212
    dd1212 ·


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