How to Create Multiple Exposures With Your LomoApparat


Multiple exposures, or MX, are images where the same frame is exposed at least twice. Basically, you take the first picture, and then on the same frame, you shoot again.

Possibilities are endless with double exposures, so it’s no surprise that it’s a beloved creative technique for film photographers, unlocking a wide range of photo opportunities. For today's tipster, we grabbed our point-and-shoot, the LomoApparat, and loaded it with a roll of Lomography Color Negative 400 ISO.

Multiple exposure taken with a LomoApparat. Photo by Elisa Parrino

Many times, people shoot double exposures by loading the same film twice. However this technique is quite risky, as often you can't align the frame exactly as you did the first time.

Most Lomography cameras come with a dedicated MX switch; in the case of the LomoApparat you will find it next to the viewfinder. Thanks to this feature we can shoot our fill all in one time, avoiding unaligned photos. The camera has a fixed aperture at ƒ10 and a shutter speed at 1/100. Here's how to take multiple exposures step by step:

  • Take the first photo
  • Do not advance the film
  • Push the MX switch
  • Take another photo
  • Do the same again for more than two exposures or advance to the next frame
Multiple exposure taken with a LomoApparat. Photo by Elisa Parrino

An effective way to shoot double exposures is to use positive and negative space carefully. Remember that the dark area has unexposed chemicals that will allow you to see the second image. Therefore dark areas will show the overlaid image, while the highlights effectively cancel information and leave no details to be seen.

To create a simple double exposure portrait, you can make your subject a silhouette, placing them with a bright background that will contour their outline. For your second picture, shoot a texture that fills the dark area of the silhouette.

When we shoot landscapes we can use the same principle and work by cutting the frame in half, playing with the horizon by flipping the camera, and using the geometry of the city to create abstract compositions.

Have you ever tried double exposures? What is your favourite technique?

written by eparrino on 2024-03-12 #gear #tutorials #videos #mx #tipster #double-exposure #multiple-exposures #video-tutorial

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