Quick Tip: Use sticky page markers to simulate light leaks on your digital camera

Nov 22, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Quick Tip: Use sticky page markers to simulate light leaks on your digital camera

Nov 22, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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This quick tip comes courtesy of Ireland-based photographer Maciej Pietuszyński. It’s a simple and easy way to get a film light leak style effect in-camera with digital. All you need is your camera, a lens and a few sticky page markers.

Maciej uses this technique to good effect, as can be seen above, and he always keeps a few of the page markers in his bag for when the mood strikes. He uses them with his Micro Four Thirds camera, and says that if you’re shooting APS-C or full frame, then you’ll probably need to get some bigger markers or other colourful transparent material to get a similar effect.

Creating such effects practically can be a lot of fun, as you’re never entirely sure what you’re going to get when you hit the shutter. Sure, you might get more control faking it in Photoshop, but sometimes doing these things in-camera can present you with some nice surprises.

Depending on how you position the markers in front of the lens, you can make the effect as strong or as subtle as you like.

If you want to follow Maciej’s work, be sure to check out his new Facebook page.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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5 responses to “Quick Tip: Use sticky page markers to simulate light leaks on your digital camera”

  1. Kambis Avatar
    Kambis

    “but sometimes doing these things in-camera can present you with some nice surprises.” Can you name one of those surprises? I cannot think of any reason not to do this in post, in particular in this case where it could even be quicker to archive the desired effect in post.

    1. Maciej Pietuszynski Avatar
      Maciej Pietuszynski

      I enjoy photography. Have more fun to achieve effect in the camera and keep post production to minimum. This is my way.

  2. Shachar Weis Avatar
    Shachar Weis

    Faking it in camera = faking it in photoshop. Do whatever is easier for you.

  3. James West Avatar
    James West

    Why do you want to make your photos look shitty?

    1. andreisurferul Avatar
      andreisurferul

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