Do you want to take awesome double exposure pictures? Then, don’t wait another minute and get yourself a splitzer!
Sometimes, you have these aquisitions that are almost life-changing. Thay make you wonder why you didn’t get one years ago. I remember my first rainy hike with my new goretex waterproof trousers for instance…
Photographically speaking, the splitzer was one of those life changers. I’ve never been a great fan of double exposures. I mean, I can appreciate a cool double, but I never really got the hang of it myself. I tried it a few times, but I could never get the dazzling results I saw here on the site. A few fairly nice ones perhaps, one or two actual good ones, but mostly my doubles were extremely mediocre.
Then, I got a Diana Mini that made double exposures really easy, and I tried a few doubles again. Still, nothing spectacular. They tended to be rather overexposed, not the nice, crisp images I had hoped for.
Then, one day I came across a tipster about making your own splitzer and thought: why not? It only took a minuter or ten to whip up a simple splitzer, and I could get snapping away. The results blew me away. The results are everything I always wanted in a double. I should have gotten a splitzer years ago! So here´s my tip: if you’ve been struggling with doubles, but can’t seem to get it to work, get a splitzer.
One of my favorite tricks is the upside down symmetrical pic where you cover the bottom half, take a picture of something, flip the camara upside down, cover the other half of the lens, and take a picture of the same thing. Buildings work well, and flowers. It works best if you have a bit of sky at the top. Visit hodachrome's home to see this technique practiced to perfection.
You can also use the splitzer to take cool (self) portraits with two heads on one body. For this picture I used a tripod and cable release. I covered one half of the lens and took a picture leaning my head to uncovered side of the lens. I then covered the other half of the lens and leaned my head to the other side.
For more splitzer-portraits, visit Earlybird's home, he’s got some insanely beautiful combined faces.
You can put totally different things together in one frame, or make a dreamy collage that takes close examination to see it’s two different scenes.
You can buy a Splitzer for your LC-A+ or a Diana+ Splitzer in the shop, or make one yourself for any camera that can hold a lens cap. All it takes is some cardboard and tape and a few minutes of your time. It’s an investment well worth it.
The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!