One photographer has discovered an easy hack that allows you to replicate the effect of a light leak using cheap office supplies.
Photographer Maciej Pietuszyński, who is based in Ireland, has been posting a series of his works featuring the trick. There are of course a number of ways to re-create the effect digitally in post, but if you’re a fan of getting as much right in camera as possible, you may want to try this out.
Pietuszyński’s trick quite simply involves applying to the front of his lens a transparent, sticky page marker ordinarily used to highlight pages of a book you intend to return to.
Writing on his Facebook page, he said: “I use this on my Micro Four Thirds camera. For crop or full frame, you need bigger index markers or other colorful transparent material.”
His series of work demonstrates varying intensities of the markers, with some shots just including a subtle hint of color. The page markers are cheap, come in large quantities, have various colors, and of course, are small and light enough to easily remain a permanent fixture in any photographers bag.
All images Maciej Pietuszyński and used with permission.