Light leaks, free lensing, and lens wacking

James Miller recently discussed The art of “lens whacking”, real lights leaks and ones done in post on Philip Bloom's website. And now, Christian Hubbard has posted more practical advice in a video tutorial, “Lens Whacking” To Get Light Blooms In Your Footage, on AEtuts.

Lens wacking, free lensing, or the detached lens effect and light leaks have been well-covered lately. For many, it's enough already, but here's a collection of resources for creating your own, downloading free or stock footage, and using the effect:

  • Freelensing by Luke Roberts illustrated the basics (pictured: adding a light to the wack).
  • In Red Giant Quicktip #17: Old Film Look, “Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create an old film look with light leaks. He'll be using Trapcode Particular to create the light leaks, and the tools in Magic Bullet Looks to create the look of old damaged footage.”


Somewhat related info can be found in Lens Flares in After Effects: A mini-roundup by Rich Young. Here's an older overview on the effects, the Free lensing / Lens wacking guide by Chung Dha and a newer demo from Film Riot:

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Rich Young is a long-time After Effects user from the San Francisco Bay Area. His After Effects and Premiere Pro round-ups provide viewers with an easy-to-digest summary of developments. He also supplies info and links…

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