Want to get light leaks on your shots? Here’s a simple way to create real light leaks with any 35mm film camera without modifying or damaging the camera.
When we talk about Lomography, first thing that comes to mind is the stunning color of the image created. Also, don’t forget the vignette, lens flare and light leaks. These are all significant features of the unpredictable lo-fi images. So how do you create light leaks using the simple way – the analogue way?
What you need is a 35mm film camera with film loaded, and that’s it.
First, you take your shots as you usually do and rewind it after you’ve finished the roll. Half way through the process, stop rewinding and open the camera back as quickly as you can and then close it. What you just did will have created red or orange leaks as the film was exposed from behind.
Then you can continue to rewind the roll till the end and develop it.
By doing so, the light leaks created are very unpredictable, which is one of the reasons why we love Lomography. It will certainly add some spice to our photos. Many people are concerned about losing your shots by doing so. You may lose 1 or 2 shots but that’s something you have to bear with.
The reason behind opening the camera back when rewinding but not when you’re shooting is because you don’t want to mess up the frame counter. Every time you open the camera back, the frame counter will jump back to ‘S’ and you won’t know how many shots you have left.
Also, try to experiment with it on different frames of film that have been shot. Take notes in your journal if you really want to be serious in creating light leaks for your shots. Have fun!