Double Exposures in camera –

Creating double exposures in camera is a lot of is never sure what the result will be, it is akin to waiting for a roll of film to be processed.  Double exposures are one of photography’s most creative techniques, giving photographers endless possibilities to produce unique and inspiring photographs. 

Experiment and enjoy the surprises. Funnily enough I have sold a few of my doubles and won awards too so there is method in my madness! Simply put, double exposure is a combination of two different images in one frame to create a unique photo.

Above: Frizell meets Deadpool!!

Above: A child playing in the fountain at Silo Park, Auckland

Taking double exposures means  superimposing two exposures in one frame. Try 200-400 ISO.  Underexpose by 1 stop, since you’re exposing the film twice. However you need to experiment. I often take ten photos before one is acceptable to me. I find this concept  is a great idea when the light is not good, overcast dull days work well. I sometimes shoot so that half the frame is empty then the second shot I frame to fill that empty space. There are no rules.

Not all digital cameras have the capability to shoot double exposures. Current models that do include the Canon EOS 5D Mark III,  Canon 6D, 1D X, and 70D; most Nikon DSLRs; Fujifilm’s X-Pro1 and X100s; and the Olympus OM-D E-M5, among others.

Above: Man in Speedos – editon of 5

The image above was sold at my Exhibition ‘Auckland’  in 2016 – there was an element of luck lining up the bathing cap with the horizon on Rangitoto Island.I firmly believe photographers make there own luck!!

Above: The Pedestrians

The yellow edges of some stairs and the graphics on a toilet block!!

The next two images were made on my trip to Iceland, the light was flat, the leaves were turning and so I created these images..this is like designing wall paper –


And some more fun images created locally.

Above: Magnolia

Above: Spring Blossom

Street photography is not really about double exposures however there are many wonderful images available on the streets. Notice how I filled both sides of the frame with the heads.

This next image is ‘Ice & Snow’. I won a Silver Medal for this in Australia. I took the first image of a frozen tarn as the sun came up. The tussocks glowed orange and reflected onto the ice, hence the golden glow. Then I turned and shot across the valley towards Coronet Peak covered in snow. Yes in the region of Queenstown. This is available as a limited edition fine art print. POA

Above: Ice & Snow – edition of 5

More digital cameras these days offer a multiple exposure mode, allowing photographers  to create double exposures without relying on Photoshop. Some cameras allow multiple exposures however it is best to keep the effect simple. I prefer doubles to triples etc.. One of the fun things to shoot are portraits, a side on view and a full frontal view. Many tutorials mention shooting a silhouette over the top of a flower garden or landscape. The only limit is your imagination. If you are confused check out one of the many  tutorials on You Tube. Get inspired and give it ago, enjoy and let me know how you get on.

Above: Some very sophisticated double exposures, read more here. Created by Patrick Clair. Or this beautiful image below by Aneta Ivanova.

So once you’ve mastered the  basics take it to the next level.Enjoy.

5 thoughts on “Double Exposures in camera –

  1. Hi Lynn A very timely article for me as I am experimenting with double exposures with my new 6d camera. The image in Queenstown is fantastic and not surprised you won a silver medal in Aus.

    Hope you are having a nice Easter. Best Joan

    Sent from my iPhone


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