For some original couple shots with your valentine why not try double exposure silhouettes? Continue reading for some tips on how to do this.
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:
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:
And I also tried color film:
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:
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!