DIY Video LIGHT LEAKS: Create & Customize Your Own | Jason Boone | Skillshare

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DIY Video LIGHT LEAKS: Create & Customize Your Own

teacher avatar Jason Boone

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6 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Course Overview

    • 3. Capturing Light Leaks

    • 4. Adding Light Leaks

    • 5. Customizing Light Leaks

    • 6. Final Thoughts

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About This Class


Learn how to create your own light leaks with any video camera; even your phone!

When superimposed over video footage or still photos, a LIGHT LEAK adds a distinct style and feel to your content. You can use them as an overlay and even as a transition between two video clips. 







If you go online, you will find that there are a plethora of light leaks already available for sale, and even some for free. But why buy or download one when you can do it yourself? In this course I’m going to show you how you can create and customize your own organic light leaks, and then I’ll teach you a variety of ways to use them in your projects.

The cool part is, you don’t need any professional video or photography equipment to create these. I’ll be using all common items you will most likely already own.

FYI I will be using Adobe Premiere Pro to work with these light leaks, but you can use any similar video editing software such as Final Cut or AVID. You can download a FREE trial version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC here.

Exercise files can be found here:


They include:

5 Light Leaks

Premiere Pro CC Project

Sample Clip to apply your light leaks

Also, here's a link to information on using BLEND MODES within Premiere Pro.

You can download a FREE trial version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC here.

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Jason Boone


Jason Boone is a video producer and avid traveler. He has a BA in Television Production and an MA in Digital Journalism and Design. His work has been featured on PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, Yahoo! and Current TV.

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1. Introduction: Hey, my name's Boone of the video content Creator. Today I'm going to show you how you can create your own light leaks. When superimposed over video footage or still photos. A lightly can add a distinct feel or style to your content. You can use them as an overlay or even as a transition between two video clips. If you go online, you'll find a plethora of light leaks already available for sale and a lot even available for free download. But why would you wanna buy or download some when you could do it yourself? I'm gonna show you how to create and customize your own organic light leaks, and I'm gonna show you a variety of different ways. You can utilize these in your projects. The cool part is you don't need any professional video or photography equipment to create these. I'm gonna be using all common items, which you yourself probably rto. I really designed this course for anyone that's interested in video content creation in any aspect. Whether it's the hobbyist shooting video on the weekends or the television production Professional origin filmmakers, there's no reason why you can't do this course 2. Course Overview: my name's Bonoma video content creator. Let me explain to you what a light leak is, just in case you don't know. Originally, it was when that when that unexpected exposure would happen with the camera, usually in the light sealed chamber, somehow light would leak in and exposed the film and end up with this semi transparent blotches or patches of light, which were usually like a red hue. And again, it was unplanned. People didn't want it to happen. They would try toe, not make it happen, and it's turned into this. Now, when you see it, it's It's kind of a desired effect. It gives you like a retro or vintage feel, so it's a very, very popular style at the moment. I work full time for a TV station, and we had some downtime one day, and I started messing around with uh, had a professional cameras pointing it at some lights in the studio, and I started a mess around with with creating some light leaks just by putting my hand in front of the light, pointed right at the light, and then would remove my hand and and get these really cool effects so I had been experimenting with that. And how I came up with the idea for this course was while I was doing that, I had all these great results and I used those light leaks in some projects that I worked on and they worked out great. And I started to think, you know, I can probably create some of these with just an iPhone or, like, you know, a camera video camera on a phone and started to experiment with that. And I had some really good results. Yeah, equally as good is using the professional equipment and again, why you confined a plethora of these light leak effects online. You can buy him or find free download ones. I want to show you how you can take control, create and customize your own and really get super customized like you can match. If you have a moving shot, you can match your lightly to that shot. You can really pay attention to where your light source your actual light source in a shot . It's coming from like where the sun is placed and you can add a light leak effect to to really add to that, So I'm gonna show you how toe create your own. We're gonna create our own. We're gonna gonna show you how to incorporate these into your videos. And then she had to customize them. So it's and again, don't think that you can't do this. This is Ah, This is why it's a d ah, white course. Don't be afraid. If you're watching this video, you can do it. 3. Capturing Light Leaks: So I'm ready to capture my light leaks for equipment. I need to have a camera, a light source and something to block out the light. I'm using an iPhone five C as my video camera. A Mac book pro is my light source in a scarf to block out the light. But the first thing we want to do is get our light source set up one that could throw. I'm gonna change the desktop background to solid white. Next up, I'm going to set up my video camera on my iPhone. All you need to do here is tap and hold toe. Lock the exposure and focus, then turn the exposure up So your life is nice and blown out. Now we're gonna use the scarf to completely cover the iPhone lens. To get a lightly be slowly uncover The iPhone came Berlin's allowing light to leak in. I like to record 32nd clips of different variations of light leaks where I have light leaking in from the top or light leaking in from the side. I even shoot through the scarf sometimes to achieve all kinds of different light leaks. Also record a few where I completely uncovered the lands and then cover it up to complete dark so I can use these light leaks for transitions, which I will show you later. 4. Adding Light Leaks: Okay, so we've created all these cool, lightly shots. Now let's figure out how to use them. If you shot your own, simply copy the moment, your hard drive using image capture or photo or whatever program you have on your computer . If you didn't shoot your own, you can download the exercise files. I have five lightly files that I've included that I shot on the iPhone. And we have an exercise clip which will be applying the light leaks to And I have the premiere pro project file. Some of the had launched that. And let's get organized here before we import thes. Let's get been set up for him. Quite leaks video and sequences. Okay, so lets get all these clips in here. Okay, so we've got all of our clips ready to go secular. That are Clip here. What we have is a 16 2nd clip which consists of five different shots. Now, what I'm gonna do for this exercise is we're gonna apply a light leak, Teoh each individual clip, and later on, we're gonna be even using a light leak as a transition. So what we need to do first is create a new sequence and figure out where in outpoints are for each of these clips and mark them. So let's drag this in your timeline. Create a new sequence. And now I'm gonna go through here and I'm gonna add markers. Teach edit point. If we go frame by frame with our arrow keys, we confined where the clip is, and then hit and metal at a marker. And make sure your clip is selected in your timeline. Otherwise, the market will add to your timeline and not to your actual clip. Okay, Is our next one? There's a handsome young man. Let's mark that very good looking fellow. Okay, here we go. Just just some random travel shots. And now what we're doing with the light leaks is we're going to be making a composite. And if you look at our video tracks here, we're gonna be bringing these lightly clips onto our video track to and then blending them with, or basically superimposing them over our main clip here. Now let's get this into the sequences folder. Okay, so it's close this close. This now let's look at our light leaks. Let's pull up one here. So we've got some cool stuff here. So now let's start to to put these over our clip, figure out how we're gonna use him. So let's put in out point here, and you didn't drag that in. Okay, so now if you look again, we just have our light leak on video track, too. Now, what we're gonna do is select the clip and go into the effect controls panel. And if you go under rapacity, this is where you're gonna find the blend mode section. Now, if you drop down, there's there's different sections here. We have six different sections or six different kinds of blend modes or waste superimpose these images. We're gonna be using this lightened section here and in particular, the screen mode. And now, if you want to find not gonna go to the specifics of what blend modes are and how, because there's so many here, if you want to find out more often include a link in the resource is section to adobes actual article on blend modes where you can learn a ton. Now if you're coming, If your graphic designer you're coming from photo shop, you you should know what what blend modes are all about. And if you're not, if you're videographer, blend modes are super powerful to ah to use. So it's a great, great skill set to learn. Let's go ahead and switch this to screen and watch what happens to our clip. Boom. Now we have our clip superimposed. Now let's play this back and there we go. We have a little bit of a light leak effect. So now we're going to do is let's set up on our timeline here. If we hit out, we select an out point and then we go over here to our program monitor and select Loop. Now, when we were reviewing our clip, it's just gonna loop and replay. Now I've set my resolution over here toe half, and I've done that because once we start compositing these clips, it's kind of processor intensive and it won't play back real time. So I knocked that down the half resolution, so if it's not looking as pretty as it should, don't worry about that. Okay, so let's move on. We have our first lightly set up there, So now let's get our second area here selected in and out. Let's see what we've got here. Want your second light leak in our source panel here? Okay, so let's set on end and then an out, then drag that down. Now, what we can do here is kind of a shortcut. We could just go into the Effect controls panel for each clip and set the blend mode. But a short cut is if you select the 1st 1 and just control, click and copy. And then when we go click on our second clip, we can paste attributes and that's going to allow us. You can paste all kinds of ah, the video attributes and the effects and even audio attributes. But we're just doing the opacity. We don't need to check anything else because nothing else has been adjusted. So if we click OK, that opacity is going to be applied here. And there we go. We have our light leak on this clip. So now let's play this back there. We dio Now, don't worry about how it looks right now on the next section, we're going to be customizing these, so we just want to drop him in right now. OK, now let's look at our third clip. We have a little movement over a map here. Let's take a look at some different light leaks. Let's do one that's like just crazy full screen here, almost full screen center in point, making out point and then drag that down. Let's take a look Now control, click your clip paste attributes. Okay, and now let's take a look. There we go again. Don't worry. We're gonna customize that. That's obviously pretty strong and taking up when the majority of the screen there. But again, don't worry about it are gonna drag this over here to our next section. Let's take a look. Never this clip. It was a little bit of a pan movement here and for our light leaks. Number four. You can see there's some movement here, so sometimes it's good to match the movements. You can make it look pretty cool, just like there in point making out. So that's pretty good. Get a little bit of movement there, control click paste attributes. Now let's have a look. Lips again. Don't worry, we'll customize this. Got it applied, and for this last shot, it's a passport again, which our first shot was a passport. So maybe we can use the same lightly, just a different section of it. So let's go back upto light leak one and just select a different part of it. Here we go. Select in and then out there we go. Cool, cool control, click paste attributes and let's have a look. Very cool. Okay, so we have all of our light leaks in place. Let's have a quick look at everything here. Now, again, we may not wanna have light leaks over the whole video which will be adjusting in the next and the next section where we customize. And we're also gonna be using a light leak as a transition. But we don't get out ahead of ourselves here, so let's Let's take a look here. What we've got got some cool effects that are looking pretty good. Definitely need some customization on these. Okay, so we've got our light leak sequence roughed in here. Next up, we're gonna customize 5. Customizing Light Leaks: Now what we're gonna do here is a variety of different things. To make these work, we're gonna add some blur effects, change the opacity, change the timing on some of them, do a little bit of trimming the in and out points. When you're looking at these light leaks, you want to look at how it works with the actual clip. Because if you look over here, you see the sun's over here. So you want to kind of match how the light leaks, playing with the sun or if there's a movement. As I said before, there's kind of a panning movement in one of these shots, and we're gonna We're gonna kind of use that to help decide what we're going to do to a customize our light leaks. So let's start and we'll do each 11 of the time. So the 1st 1 if we turn off that second track later, let's just look at this clip kind of Iraq. Focus in goes from blurry, too, and focus so we could have the lightly kind of rolling to focus or dissolve in. So as it rolls into focus, the lightly comes into focus. So that's What I'll do is change the out point here and drag it over here. And then I'm gonna add ah, cross dissolve in. So if you hit well, it's like the track here. If you hit command D, it will add. Across is off. So let's see what our clip looks like. What's that? An out point here in turn, It's a loop. Well, spring that in a little bit earlier and maybe make our dissolve a little bit longer. Okay, that's looking pretty cool. And actually, I like how it cuts out. So we'll just leave because before it went to a different color color. So if we just leave it here, I think that works. And, you know, it kind of cuts out when it when the camera moves here. So that's good. Let's leave that one the way. It is smooth on to our next one, And what I noticed right away with this one is that our life is leaking from over here, but our lights there's is over here. So I want to get this leak. I basically want to flip this around horizontally, and I know there happens to be in effect here, where you can do that. So horizontal flip. Apply that to the leak and let's take a look. Now it's already looking a little bit better, but I don't like. I think there might be a better is part of this clip. So why don't I select the slip tool? And then if I grab here, I can just drag this clip and pick a different section of the clip and you can see the in and out points air just kind of slipping here and we can see. So now let's take a look at what we got here. I think it might be cool. I like the way it ends there. Let's have that. Maybe it's beginning. See what happens here and kind of ironically, we need to flip back because I like how this let's see what this looks like on the other side. So let's just turn off horizontal flip. See how that looks. I want that right at the beginning. So let's slip in a little more, see how that looks. Okay, That's good. I'm gonna go with that. Let's move on to the next one. Number three. Okay, Now, this one is a super strong We're definitely gonna need to customize this. First, let's turn the opacity down. We don't want this to be quite that intense. So forget effect controls here. Let's turn it down like 75. They were starting to see some of it. Let's full screen this. Now let's add a blur and not a big fan of this hard edge. So if we go to our effects, just type in Blur. Weaken. Grab a gadget blur. Throw it on there. Quick repeat edges. And then let's do like 40. Well, let's crank it up really high, like 100 analysis e. It looks like it's looking better. I don't want that. I don't want it up for the whole clip. So let's just let's just have it kind of come in and out. So if we drag the in and out points and then with this selected if we if we have the clip selected and hit command, he is gonna add these dissolves to both the ending out and then I kind of want to just mess with them to see how this looks. Okay, that looks pretty good. Let's just drag me out point a little further and then have the dissolve slowly go out. Makes a little more dynamic. Okay, I'm happy with that. Go to the Clinton before. Now this one. What I like about this one is my giant head blocks the sun, so I want to have the light leak cut out right when my head eclipses. So let's take a look at that. Cool. And miss, if I can match up this transition or this movement a little bit more, just play with it. Now, that looks pretty cool. It looks like it kind of matches up with the camera. And I'm happy with that one. Now, let's take a look at his last one again. It's this is there. There are a ton effects here. Video effects in this effects panel. So you you can really play around with this and customize it to your heart's content. Um, you know what? I'm I'm really liking this one already. Let's see how this one look. You know what? I'm not gonna touch that one. That one's pretty cool. And one of the main things you can customize with these light leaks is the color. Um, which I'm not gonna mess around too much with here because you can kind of go crazy. And I'm not the best. That color correction, but you can. You can go into the color workspace and really start to tweak and customize these colors to get to get what you're looking for, get something a little more dynamic and and maybe even mess with the the Loma. The brightness and contrast will really give you some interesting looks. Now I want quickly show you how we can use one of these as a transition. So let's good or lightly five. And what you want to do is find a spot where it goes full screen light right here so we can see right here. Let's put a mark in there in our source panel and then kind of go select an endpoint and then an outpoint. And then when we drag this, let's figure out where we want are changes in to take place. Let's say right here either right here or here. Let's have it go from the clip to the passport clip of me to the passport. So let's drop us in on video layer three. And the reason we put the marker on it is so we can line up the marker. We know where it goes full. So that's where our transition's gonna hit. So just match that up with your with your marker here and then grab that and change the opacity to screen to see if that work that worked. And now we're gonna add command E. We're gonna add Cem transitions, which is gonna make this a little bit better, but a more dynamic. So it's was take a quick look. Now let's stretch our in outpoints. That's pretty cool. Now we have a transition, and the reason I put the dissolve in and dissolve out is because these if you look when that dissolves in, if this were not here, it's it's pretty harsh edge. Um, I mean, if that's what you want to go for, I just think it's a little too much. So it's change that back. So there we go. We've got everything pretty tuned in. We've got some nice effects that we've added made this a completely different video, much more dynamic. There's a lot more going on. We have a transition, and I could keep customizing this and tweaking this to my heart's content and really stylized this video 6. Final Thoughts: So I hope you enjoyed the course. I hope it inspired you to get out there. Go point some cameras at some lights and just start to mess around and experiment. Have fun, cause that's what it's all about. And don't think that you can't do this because you can. Some final thoughts. I want you to know that while I did this course in Adobe Premiere, you can do this in almost any a software such as Final Cut. Avid, Uh, it's just the same. You're adjusting a blend mode to superimpose the images together. I also wanted to make a note about aftereffects and just let you know that if you want experiment in after effects, aftereffects is kind of a compositing program. So if you have knowledge of after effects, you know, feel free to go in there and play around, you're gonna have a lot of fun and, um, a lot more capabilities in that program. And premier, what I like to do after I create all these light leak effects is to create your own little library of light leaks. You can just go through in the project was created and turn off the video one track, which was the travel clip, and then you'll just have your lightly clips. And what I do is I go through and I cut together like I will have, like, a 32nd lightly clip and then export those out and add them to a folder, a light leaks folder, and you can even add transition clips. You could edit 3 to 5 second transition clips and have a whole bunch of transitions to pull from and just export amount have meant a folder, and you have a library of light leaks and transitions to play with. I hope you enjoyed the course, and hoping inspires you to get out there and create something, uH.