The good thing about shooting in film is that there are so many ways in which you can experiment with photography, with varying results being a great surprise. Here's what happened when I decided to try doubles by first shooting computer text and graphics, then covering a happening Hipsummer party!
After reading Tipsters like “Astrophotography: The Easy Way!” by natalieerachel and seeing Rumbles like “May I Have a Word With You?”, I decided it was high time to try shooting multiple exposures. You know, deliberately and not accidentally. But because of my lack of common camera sense (oops), the couple of rolls I MXed were primarily made up of “happy accidents.” Above, you’ll see some of the successful shots. Below, the semi-fail ones haha!
My primary mistake was that I used two different cameras that had opposite film orientations. I didn’t have an MX-capable camera back then so I had to do it manually. I first shot entire rolls of computer graphics using a cheap Centuria point-and-shoot. The can goes on the right so you lead the film in towards the left. For the second exposures, I used a Polaroid 210FF point-and-shoot and its orientation was left to right, hence upside down graphics. :-( Also, the Centuria is advanced manually while the Polaroid is automatic so a lot of the frames didn’t align. :-(
Oh, well, lessons learned. Now I know to use the same camera for both exposures and mark the first frame next time! At least it wasn’t a complete waste as some shots turned out perfect!
Here’s how I did the obnoxiously large words that appear in the middle of the frame:
1. Go to bigassmessage.com.
2. Type your text and select the style you want. There’s Basic, Magic, Hypno, Disco, etc.
3. Click Preview to see how the text will appear. Click Save if you want a link to send to a friend/enemy/frenemy.
4. Put your browser on Full Screen. Make sure no other part of your desktop is seen or else the dock/taskbar might show in the frame, as it did in some of my shots.
5. Shoot the text! I shot different words/phrases in various text styles on several frames.
6. Rewind the entire roll when you’re done and shoot your second exposures!
I later took my MX rolls to the Hipstars “Hipsummer of Love” party and here are some of the images with text on top. Like I said, they were semi-fails because of misalignment and reversed orientation. But they worked on some pictures, like our trampoline ones!
I also tried to do overlapping images using various hipster-y graphics I found on the Internet. You basically use the same steps as with the text MX.
Here’s how I made flowers, galaxies, and other hipster visuals appear in my photos:
1. Look for images on Google, Lomography, etc.
2. Full Screen! Shoot!
3. Rewind! Shoot again!
Again, alignment issues. If you look at the entire album, the cut-off images will start to make sense. But it wasn’t a total loss as there were also some funny doubles that perfectly matched the night’s activities and/or levels of inebriation!
Lastly, I also tried MXing actual photos I took which turned out to be the most successful ones. Too bad I only took three of them!
I sure learned a lot about multiple exposures by shooting that entire night! Fortunately, I already have a camera that makes taking MX shots easy and that’s the Diana Mini Leopard! But I can’t wait to try out these manual techniques again and hopefully, everything will be aligned and not upside down. :-)
Check out more analogue photography tips and tricks in the Magazine’s Tipster section!