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Couples MX Silhouettes for Valentine's Day

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

Photo by 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:

Photo by 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:

Photo by robertofiuza

And I also tried color film:

Photo by 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:

Photo by 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!

written by robertofiuza


  1. alyssa_apollo


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

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  2. alyssa_apollo


    I tried... Well, I think that its pretty good for a first try :-) You can see the result herе http://www.lomograph(…)ple-concert

    11 months ago · report as spam
  3. tsingtao


    Thank you!!!

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  4. delmy


    Wow awesome!!!
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  5. enelya1988

    Hi! Awesome pictures! I wanna try that! :D How big was the softbox you used? Is 60x40cm gonna be enough? Thank you! Lisa
    9 months ago · report as spam
  6. robertofiuza


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

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  7. brave


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