Take double exposure to a whole new level and create new worlds beyond your imagination. With a little bit of planning and creativity, magic can happen. Here’s my how-to guide.
Every lomographer worth his/her weight in gold will definitely understand what doubles or multiple exposure is. Therefore, this article isn’t exactly Doubles 101; there are already great articles out there if you’re just starting out.
What this tipster is about, though, is how to achieve surreal, out-of-this-world photos with a little bit of careful planning prior to shooting. Of course, this method applies to any theme you can think of. I was inspired by mythical beings and the galaxy and all that jazz, so I decided to go the surreal route. If you’re inspired by my photos above and ready to try this out, here are the “ingredients” you’ll need:
- A roll of film. (I used Agfa CT Precisa. I’m sure any film will do, but we all know slides are the best when trying out crazy projects such as this, right?)
- A camera. (The LC-A+ works best for me, but again any camera will do…even those without an MX switch!)
- A large flat screen display. (As a gauge, anything larger than a standard laptop screen should be fine. Why? This is to prevent the screen’s frame from appearing in the photos. I personally think it’s an eyesore. Actually, this also depends on what camera you are using. If you’re using a wide angle lens camera, you’ll probably need an entire movie theater screen. Go figure.)
- Large sized/HD images. (Google is your best friend here. Search anything you want. Of course, I was going for the surreal theme so the images I chose were mostly paintings of alternative universe/mythical creatures/a random octopus. I even used photos of cool bokeh effects. As for how many images, that’s entirely up to you. I downloaded about 40 images so that at least 36 different exposures are guaranteed on my 35mm roll).
- A storage device (to download all the images into e.g. USB flash drive/CD-ROM)
- A video/photo player or projector of some sort. (DVD/VCD player…or in my case, my brother’s PS3 came in handy cos it’s USB compatible.)
- Once you’ve downloaded all the images you want to your computer, firstly resize them to a standard size (1024X768p pixels is good). This step is optional of course, but images of this size look cleaner on a flat screen TV plus there won’t be any annoying black borders.
- Next, copy the images into your storage device (e.g. USB flash drive). I didn’t bother to put them in any specific order. However, if your photo project requires it, now’s the best time to arrange them in the order that suits you well.
- Plug in the USB/CD-ROM to the PS3/DVD Player. If you have not loaded the film to your camera, now’s the best time to do so.
- Then, as each image appears on the screen in all of its HD glory, snap a picture of it. Do this repeatedly till you run out of film.
- Once done, rewind, go out and reshoot the roll!
- For best effects, cross process the film.
That’s it! When you get back your roll, I’m sure you’ll be surprised with some, if not all, of the shots just because they may look convincingly real. Like these photos below:
Let me know what you think about this tipster in the comments below. And please do check out my website as well. Good luck!