Vibrating Variety—Tips and Tricks on double exposure from LaLouve Pt II


Lena, aka LaLouve, has studied art therapy, loves nature, enjoys photographing with her father's old Yashica FR 1 and creates fabulous multi-exposed photographs. Originally looking for inspiration and tips in our LomoCommunity herself, she tells us here how she makes her fairytale double exposures.
You can read about her first tips and everything important about Lena herself in Part I of this article.

Photos: LaLouve

The Setup

You can take multiple exposures on one frame directly after one another, but I personally prefer to send the film completely through the camera once, then rewind it (be careful, otherwise you will need a film retriever) and then expose it a second time.

To avoid black bars in the photo and to get a clean overlap I mark the first frame with a fine permanent marker for every film I put into a camera. I use this marker as an orientation for the second insertion of the film.

Photos: LaLouve

Alternatively, you can use the 'endless panorama mode' of the Lomo LC-Wide to take bar-free pictures that melt into each other.

Next, I set the ISO on the camera. For double exposures, you should double the ISO settings of your camera, so that the film is supplied twice with half of the required light. An ISO 200 film is at best exposed twice at ISO 400.

Photos: LaLouve

Coincidence Is Your Friend

Depending on my mood I go out into the world with or without a concept. Regardless of this, I organize every picture before I press the shutter button. I try out a few perspectives and make sure that the picture layout is coherent. Most important is the division of the light and dark areas! The second exposure will only be visible in the dark areas of the picture. The bright areas are 'burned out' by the light and the second exposure will be very pale or not visible at all. Therefore you should also pay attention to the weather conditions and adjust the settings on the camera individually to achieve a balance between the two exposures. Shadow-split double exposures work with this light and shadow principle and achieve impressive results. Personally, I often use a trick to the contrary and hang or lay black fabric behind some motifs to 'expose' them. A black pillowcase is, therefore, an essential part of my photographic equipment!

Photos: LaLouve and Sobetion

Tip: If you take notes for each photo - what is shown, where is what in the picture and with which ISO setting you took the photo, you can not only adjust the first and second exposure better but also learn much more from it! With the help of tape, I also write on the film rolls if I do not start the second exposure immediately.

Photos: LaLouve

Shared Joy is Double Joy

Swap your films with other Lomographers. If you like a Lomographer's pictures, simply write to them a loving message with the idea of sharing a film. Each of you exposes a film as you would prepare it for your own double exposures, exchange addresses and send the films to each other. This is followed by the second exposure and then each of you develops his or her film. The pictures can be easily shared with the swap partner via WeTransfer and of course uploaded to your LomoHome. Do not forget to tag your swap partner!

Photos: LaLouve with Sobetion, fruchtzwerg_hh and Klawe

Tip: Don't have too high expectations of yourself. With double-exposed films and especially with swaps you should rather not assume that the whole film will be breathtakingly great. 2-3 successful combinations per film are often already a good result with random shots.
That's how it is, the coincidence: it demands patience. But if something turns out great, it is the most beautiful thing in the world!

On that note: Do not hesitate to experiment – not everything has to make sense. The main thing is that it is fun!

Many thanks to Lena for this wonderful contribution. More of her fabulous photographs can be found on her LomoHome.

written by lalouve on 2020-03-17 #tutorials


  1. akula
    akula ·

    Great article and photos

  2. lalouve
    lalouve ·

    @akula thank you!!

  3. lorisse
    lorisse ·

    ...bell'idea.....!!.. grazie e un saluto.

  4. lalouve
    lalouve ·

    Grazie in return! :) @lorisse

  5. elpisia
    elpisia ·

    super inspiring tips and perspective :) keep up your wonderful work

  6. lalouve
    lalouve ·

    Thank you very much @elpisia

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