MX = Multiple Exposure. A short How-To for Lomography Virgins


As we mature in our Lomographic lives, we forget about what it is like to be young and innocent. Remember when you didn’t know what an aperture was? This is a short tutorial on some easy MX projects anyone can do.

Taking Multiple Exposures (MX) can be done many different ways. Each one can satisfy your lomoraphic desires. They can induce strange colors, scary emulsions, and surreal pictures. Drive deeper into lomography and see what results you can get.

What you will need

  • Tripod
  • camera with B setting (like Lomography’s Diana Mini)
  • Film of any kind
  • Flash with color gels (Lomography’s Colorsplash Flash)
  • Shutter cable with a lock

Set up your location. The best MX pictures come out better on a dark background. Lighter colors show up more than darker ones. Set your camera on a tripod and hook up your shutter cable. Set the camera to B setting. Get your colorsplash flash and pick the colors you want to use for your picture. Turn the lights off and get the room completely dark. Find the shutter release cable and press it down and lock it in place. The shutter is now staying open. Stand in front of the camera, hold the flash out and point to toward yourself. Move to another area, turn the color wheel and splash yourself with another color of flash.

Or If you have a Lomo LC-A or a Diana Mini you can just keep triggering the shutter without winding the film. Usually more then 3 times over exposes the film but only your experimenting can tell you for sure.

This works great for self portraits but can be used for , plants, animals, other people, buildings, anything. So get what you need and go experiment. Feel free to post your pictures here.

written by gnarlyleech on 2010-12-31 #gear #tutorials #tipster #multiple-exposure-mx-lomography-virgins-doubles-triples-how-to-film #top-tipster-techniques


  1. awesomesther
    awesomesther ·

    Nice article, you're so thoughtful :D

    Some of MX photos with my Diana F+ using the "pressing-shutter-more-than-once" method :p

    I will be sure to try the self portrait! :D

  2. flying_lotus
    flying_lotus ·

    nice tips
    although i believe that tripod and shutter release aren't absolutely necessary
    here's my first attempt at mx……

  3. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    Looks cool. I wrote this 4 months ago and I have done a lot more since then. Thanks for sharing.

  4. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    I love the one of the two boys with the camera!

  5. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·


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