A few weeks ago we spoke about lens whacking, this process involves leaving a gap between your lens and camera body, allowing small traces of light to seep onto your sensor. This causes parts of your image to be over-exposed and ‘blown out’. Using the sun as your light source the results can be unpredictable and almost impossible to replicate exactly the same. Filmmakers enjoy the spontaneity of this process.
Another way to get interesting looks is by using ‘dangles’. Dangles are translucent objects that are placed in front of your lens that cause the light to refract in different ways. The objects will be out of focus and the light will bend objects in your scene as well as play with the shape, size and colour of the lighting.
The sky is the limit when it comes to using these objects. So it’s really up to you to see how creative you can get. Here are a few ideas that may get you started on the right track.
- - Jewelry (both expensive and inexpensive)
- - Glasses and lens from old reading glasses
- - Ornaments, Beads, Drinking Glasses
If you’re shooting with a tripod then you’ll have an extra hand free to place these objects in various spots. However, if you’re going handheld you may want to try ‘rigging’ these objects to your lens. Either way, have fun experimenting as you will certainly get different results every time.
If you’re still not sold on experimenting, you can always do a google search for light leaks. Sites such as www.lightleaks.me have a nice selection of footage that will give you similar results.