In the world of making music videos, preparation is key. However, sometimes the most surprising victories come from being spontaneous. One way to add a bit of spontaneity to your music videos is to try using live, in camera effects while shooting. I received a few email asking how make in camera light leaks and lens effects. Below are a few tips and techniques I’ve used to create these effects, I’ve also included links to where you can buy pre-made effects if you don’t have as much free time as I seem to have lately.
In camera effects are a great way to change the look, tone, feel and style of your image permanently. Techniques such as lens-wacking are a good example, also hanging object in front of the lens to create interesting bokeh, is also another way to create interesting results. As you are recording live, these effects are a permanent addition to your project so there’s no going back from it. With that being said, some of your best looking work may come from these tricks. Today we’ll be focusing on “lens-whacking”.
Lens-Whacking To Create Light Leaks
Also know as, freelensing, performing this technique is relatively simple. However, mastering it may take a bit of time. Lens whacking involves detaching your camera’s lens from the camera body and holding it in front leaving a small gap. This gap will allow a bit of light to leak in (creating interesting bokeh’s and light leaks).
So how do you do it?
2. Hold the camera with your right hand and grab your lens with your left hand.
3. Create a small gap between the camera and lens. You can make a large gap or a small one, you’ll see the results instantly in your view finder or live view preview screen.
Warning. This is a great way to attract unwanted dust into your camera, so if you’re worried about that, don’t do it. You can try covering the gap with diffusion paper if you’re really concerned but this may make your process a bit trickier.
If you don’t have the time to perform these techniques but are still looking to give your films a vintage, lomo look, you can check out www.lightleaks.me. You can also find a ton of other light leaks by doing a google search.
Stay tuned for my articles on lens distortions – how dangles can give your films a new look.