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Organic to inorganic

No, not the rallying cry of Monsanto and other big bio-tech companies who want us to eat genetically engineered food, but a simple tip for creating eye catching multiple exposures.

Photo by simonh82

One of the great things about most Lomography cameras is the ability to take multiple exposures. Like all analogue photography the results can be a bit hit and miss (isn’t that why we love it), but this tipster is to suggest one way of getting more hits than misses.

Basically it’s about pairing up an organic background with and inorganic subject as the main focus of your shot. This pairing or natural and man-made seems to work really well with double exposures. Leaves, branches, grass, flowers or the sky; all add a lovely texture to your images before a quick snap of something more tangible gives the shot some structure and focus.

A couple of things to bear in mind when using this technique: It’s a good idea to underexpose both shots by one stop so that the finished photo isn’t over exposed. You can do this either by increasing the iso setting (e.g. from 200-400) on cameras with auto exposure such as the LCA, or by decreasing the aperture (e.g. from partly cloudy to sunny) on cameras with fixed shutter speeds like the Diana F+. This took me a while to realise and some of the shots below look over exposed.

Also for fixed shutter speed cameras you should consider which order you shot your double in. Try to take the darker photo first and put the lighter shot second. Even if you’ve tried to underexpose both shots, an initial photo of a very bright white sky, may expose the film too much and you won’t see the second half or the double clearly if at all.

Anyway these are just some suggestions to play around with. Remember, rules are for the guidance of wise men, but the obedience of fools!

written by simonh82

4 comments

  1. jojo8785

    jojo8785

    Great article and photos! I love doubles :D

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  2. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    I never seemed to notice the inorganic/organic thing, but I actually have done it quite a lot :)

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  3. gvelasco

    gvelasco

    Nice.

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  4. jaguarwomon

    jaguarwomon

    "No, not the rallying cry of Monsanto and other big bio-tech companies who want us to eat genetically engineered food, but a simple tip for creating eye catching multiple exposures."

    LOL, so funny! Great shots!

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