Couples MX Silhouettes for Valentine's Day

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For some original couple shots with your valentine why not try double exposure silhouettes? Continue reading for some tips on how to do this.

Credits: robertofiuza

Multiple exposures (MX) are some of the most fun pictures that we can make and are a “trademark” of Lomography. When I first joined the community I was really impressed with double exposed silhouettes and whenever I had the chance I tried to do some. The image on top of this paragraph was my first sucessful photo of this kind and it allowed me to understand how this works: when you expose the frame for the first time it loses some of (or most) its sensitivity to light. So the areas that are close to white can’t be exposed again but the darker areas can still be exposed.

In that photo I shot my (then) girlfriend against a bright sky and then shot a Christmas tree. You can see the second exposure mostly in the dark areas of the first exposure (her hair). A few months later, I decided to try and do this in a more planned way and in a controlled environment. I placed a white cloth in front of a well lit window and shot a picture of my girlfriend against that:

Credits: robertofiuza

I was really pleased with this image but there was still space for improvement. For my next silhouette sessions I used the same setup but added a remote triggered flash behind the cloth and overexposed the first exposure by 1.5 stops to get the white to become really white:

Credits: robertofiuza

And I also tried color film:

Credits: robertofiuza

These were really cool and I learned something new – the second exposure should be of a well-lit subject and if that subject is a tree or bush you should shoot a less dense or compact area of the plant, preferably one that shows some sky, like this:

Credits: robertofiuza

Now that you have some insight on how to do these why not try it with you Valentine like I did with my wife. Yes, we got married!

Credits: robertofiuza

written by robertofiuza on 2014-02-04 in #gear #tipster #valentine #double #select-what-this-tipster-is-about #exposure #multiple #romance #mx #art #silhouette #romantic #select-type-of-tipster #tutorial

7 Comments

  1. alyssa_apollo
    alyssa_apollo ·

    Good explanation and nice examples. Thank you, I'm going to try :-)

  2. alyssa_apollo
    alyssa_apollo ·

    I tried... Well, I think that its pretty good for a first try :-) You can see the result herе www.lomography.com/homes/alyssa_apollo/albums/2007491-no3-w…

  3. tsingtao
    tsingtao ·

    Thank you!!!

  4. delmy
    delmy ·

    Wow awesome!!!

  5. enelya1988
    enelya1988 ·

    Hi!
    Awesome pictures! I wanna try that! :D
    How big was the softbox you used? Is 60x40cm gonna be enough?
    Thank you!
    Lisa

  6. robertofiuza
    robertofiuza ·

    Thank you @enelya1988! I think my softboxes are that size.

  7. brave
    brave ·

    I have to say: I like the first photo most of all! Beacause it's more rough I quess.

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