The manual Light-leak effect


A pure experiment. It is an all-or-nothing tipster. It all began with a small accident…

I believe a lot of you experienced stuck film while rewinding a completed roll of film. How do you resolve that? The usual way is to open the film back in a “changing bag”, “unstuck” the film and then rewind the film back into the canister.

But what if this happened in broad daylight along a busy street?

As a diehard Lomographer, although I don’t have the changing bag, I did the job using my dark blue tote bag and scarf. I wrapped the LC-A+ in the scarf and stuff them into the tote bag. Next, I opened the film back and rewind the film back into the canister. As the scarf is not as opaque as the changing bag, it allowed some light leaks to affect the film.

After developing, the effects are surprisingly good. It looks nothing like normal cross processed Kodak EB3. Warm red light leaks, coupled with dark, cold blues, but without the usual green tones, it’s really unique!

With some luck, I struck the jackpot this time round.

Besides tote bag and scarf, you can use recycling bags, jackets or even blankets as a make shift changing bag, let your imagination run wild!


1. If possible, use dark colored and thick materials as a changing bag to prevent total loss! This tipster is suitable for use on all cameras.

2. Do not use this tipster on “indispensable” photos, for example, photos of you and your crush.

written by gateau on 2011-03-03 #gear #tutorials #leak #blue #lc-a #color #contrast #hong-kong #light-leaks #tipster #asia #cross-processing #lomo-lc-a #hk #reddish #etoc #lc-a-top-tipster
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  1. nural
    nural ·

    Love the colors!

  2. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·

    cool idea

  3. willyboy
    willyboy ·

    I tried leaking all over my crush once before. She wasn't a fan.

  4. renenob
    renenob ·

    very risky.

  5. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    i am def a fan of light leaks! (:

  6. gateau
    gateau ·

    Thanks Coolsigg for translating my article, and thank you, Lomographers, for loving my tipster!
    Risky things, just like whiskey, need to take a deep breath when you're giving the first try, but you'll fall
    in love with it right after the first sip :P

  7. sklavet
    sklavet ·

    Salut gateau! I got the same effect on one of my film. It turned to be a success. Good tip. À la prochaine.

  8. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    I had a similar effect happen the first time I tried (and failed) to redscale a film.
    Under an orange blanket and two duvets on a hot summers day, I pulled my entire roll out of the canister and did a folding technique to reverse the film, but when i messed up the fold and had to wind back into the canister I must have partially exposed the film.
    My results are here...

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