There are some truly stunning double exposures showcased within the Lomography community, but I have always been too nervous to double up my pictures so boldly! However, accidental doubles always make me laugh, and sometimes make for great photos. Since I started experimenting with the Splitzer, a whole new realm of possibility has been revealed!
What I love about some of these featured pictures is that the Splitzer effect actually makes them look like really carefully executed double exposures.
I’ve always loved looking at other people’s doubles, but have never had the courage to risk ‘ruining’ one of my pictures by accidentally over exposing it, or covering the critical parts.
However, I am (almost) always pleasantly surprised with the results
The double exposure is also useful for taking pictures of two people when there is no one else around to hold the camera! Simply take it in turns and you get the added bonus of this cool, ghostly effect!
So, with the function and result of the splitzer and the multiple exposure technique being so similar, here are some tips on using the Splitzer to achieve the shot you want, and remove the unknown element of multiple exposures – to comfort those lomographers who, like me, find it hard to follow the ’Don’t Think’ rule!
1. Choose variety.
Instead of taking a group photo, why not use a Splitzer, and introduce variety of colour, setting or distance to add interest…
2. Capture movement.
The Splitzer gives you the chance to split your lomograph into small sections — like a comic book. Tell a story with your pictures and create an easy SuperSampler effect!
3. Don’t Think.
I know, I know, I have trouble with this rule all the time — but using the Splitzer minimizes the risk of getting the exposures wrong, and leaves you free to shoot away and discover the results afterwards! I sometimes like to take one half of split photo, not wind on, and then wait until I am in a different place or situation to take the other half. This way, I get an awesome mix of the places I have visited (and the people I’ve seen!) I also love to shoot people (specifically my sister Bobby) this way, to capture their different facial expressions — it can be very funny!)
4. Align properly!
As with any camera modification, don’t forget to make allowances for your new field of vision. I have a lot of experience of just how easy it is to end up with lots and lots of pictures of headless friends!
I’ve used the Diana Splitzer (there’s also the Splitzer for the LC-A+) which you can purchase from the Lomography store, but there are many tutorials explaining how to make a splitzer out of almost anything for almost any camera. So there’s no excuse!
Double, triple or quadruple, but, as ever; enjoy!