Why using light leaks is sometimes a good idea!

To Light Leak or not to Light Leak!

Cinematography is the art of sculpting moving images with light. The great masters know how to do it! The rest of us, well, we try!

Letting the light sneak in your footage without knowing exactly what will happen it's not always bad! Film used to be hermetically sealed inside the cameras and the only way for light to hit the film emulsion was through the lens. The slight light coming in would mean that they would have to shoot the scene again and again. Lens flares used to be a bad thing!

These days are gone! Light leaks are used heavily and they can make your videos more cinematic, give them character and an artistic flair. Unless if you go overboard with the use of light leaks and lens flares and turn your footage into a scifi nightmare, unintentionally (no star trek spoilers here!)

There are two ways to add light leaks on your film: lens waking during principal photography or by using light leaks footage in post production. For both of them there are numerous tutorials online. We just give you a head start with these two by Ryan Connoly and Philipp Bloom.

But you can follow the post production way! You just insert light leaks on top of your footage. Simply, put your light leaks footage on top of the footage that you want to add it to and select blending mode : screen, overlay... different blending modes give different results. That's it!

Let the sunshine in!

Again there is a plethora of tutorials about lens flares or light leaks (depends how one's describing them) and if you like you can take advantage of our free light leaks and run crazy with them. Just sing up!

Don't be afraid to experiment! All the best cinematographers have! That's why today they're the best!