“Oh help, I’m seeing double” – Don’t worry, it’s just Double Exposures. But it’s not always that simple as it sounds. Here are three basic hints that helped me and will hopefully help you too with your doubles.
Double and, of course, Multiple Exposure is quite fun for us Lomographers, and the results often are pretty mindblowing. It’s a perfect way to experiment with the objects of your Lomographic desire. But how can you make sure those shots look the way you want them so that they don’t end up as some blurry, indefinable mingle-mangle? Here are 3 tips that helped me to make some good-looking doubles.
1. Organize your picture
Try to plan your picture beforehand and remember where you put your objects. Where was that flower? Where should the face be? With this in mind you can get some pretty cool results. Why not create a twin or shoot the same photo twice but the second time around, do it upside down and/or a little offset? Be creative with your organization!
2. Look out for dark and bright areas
While shooting you should also have an eye on the dark and bright areas in your picture. If you have a lot of shadows or dark stuff in the first picture then the second picture will come through quite clearly in these areas. Whereas very bright areas of your second shot will superimpose the first one and could make some parts slightly pale or even completely white. With this trick in mind you can shoot amazing silhouette photos for example. Moreover, by changing the shutter speed or aperture setting you can choose which of the photos you want to be more dominant. Don’t hesitate to experiment.
3. Always consider light an ISO
Well, you will say “That’s a basic rule, what the…?!”. Yes, it is! And therefore you should always stick to it! As the name already implies Double Exposure exposes your frame two times hence you have to be very careful. Just as an example if you’re using a Diana F+ on a reasonable sunny day with some clouds and your film has ISO 200 maybe you should change the aperture setting from sunny with clouds to sunny so that less light comes in with each snap an your photo won’t be overexposed. You see the point in that? Another option is to use an film with lower ISO i. e. ISO 100. Keep that in mind!
So, these simple things helped me a lot with Double and also Multiple Exposure. What are your experiences? Do you have more tips? You’re welcomed to share them with us!