Here an easy guide about HOW TO: Create LightLeaks On Purpose For Film. I have been doing this on several rolls already and I really like the results it gives me.
The way I do it is after I shot a whole roll. Just like I explained in My First Double-Exposure Experiment, I wind back the roll of film in but not totally. Whenever you feel it’s almost fully winded back into the cannister, you stop. What I sometimes prefer is to then open my camera in a room where there’s no light just to make sure and feel with my fingers whether it’s winded back to the beginning. You don’t want to have you film get fully back into the cannister.
Then you could either take it out and put the film back in the camera as if it were a new roll of film or just leave it where you stopped. (with some cameras it will be easier to put it back in again)
Right now you will have your filmroll placed as if it were a new one, the counter on your camera is on the first photo, and it’s time for you to start creating the lightleaks. It is very important to keep up the lenscap as you are going to shoot a new roll. Also, put your shutter speed very high, so that if there’s light entering anyways, it won’t be captured on the film.
You are ready to go!
Go to a room, close the curtains and turn on a small light. I prefer to sit on my bed, next to the nightlamp. The warmer the light, the more reddish the lightleak will be. Now that you are ready, release the shutter as if you were taking photos and after the third photo open the back of your camera a little and for a very short time. Then close it again, and take three photos again. Repeat this until you finish your roll.
Finally wind your film back into the cannister as you normally would do, and your roll is ready to be developed.
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Some notes to remember,
– keep the lenscap on and the shutterspeed high
– the longer you keep the back of your camera open, the stronger the light leak will be (this is up to your own preferences)
– this also applies for the warmth and strength of the light you are using
– the more you open the back, the bigger the lightleak will be
– don’t focus on the counter. The camera keeps counting from 1 everytime you open the back.