A Different Type of Nightshots


This tipster is about a technique which I call “High Quantity Multi Exposure” or short HQME. I assume that people have already done something like that before me but I couldn’t find any information about it.

Since I am relatively new to Lomography, I don’t have much of experience but I understood that it is all about creative ideas that are put into action.
This tipster is about a technique which I call “High Quantity Multi Exposure” or short HQME. I assume that people have already done something like that before me but I could’nt find any information about it.

And this is how it works:
You measure (or estimate) the necessary exposure time for the film you have loaded. You divide this number by the the shutter speed your camera offers and the result is the amount of multiple exposures you will need to end up with a (roughly) correct exposed piece of film at the end.
The only thing you have to do now is pressing the trigger…. again and again and again and again and… you know where this leads to.

Since I did not know if this would work at all, I tried it only once so far and here is the result:

I estimated (or rather guessed) the necessary exposure time for the ISO 400 film at f11 to be around one second. 1s divided by 1/125 s (the shutter speed of my Holga) yields 125. So I just pressed the trigger 125 times in a row.

I will definitely take more pictures like that and I would love to see yours. So please post a link in the comments and maybe you want to tag your picture with HQME.

written by phalanx on 2010-12-28 #gear #tutorials #camera #multiple-exposure #tipster #night-photography #hqme


  1. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    Cool, keep the experiments coming...

  2. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·


  3. awesomesther
    awesomesther ·

    Wow. 125 times! Did your finger feel sore? :p

  4. bryson
    bryson ·

    So you press the shutter 125 times before advancing to the next frame? :)

  5. phalanx
    phalanx ·

    @awesomesther: no way, I have a well trained index finger due to my daily Lomo-workout :)
    @bryson: exactly.

  6. leeemur
    leeemur ·

    This is awesome! I need to try this!

  7. seaing
    seaing ·

    Wow, this sounds interesting! :) I think I'll try this later.

  8. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16...woof! I'm tired. hahaha! however,cool tips,

  9. pfenya
    pfenya ·

    very interesting idea! I probably would have lost count several times till getting to 125 or something in the neighborhood ;-)

  10. jimhalpert
    jimhalpert ·

    did you place the camera on a tripod first?

  11. goldie
    goldie ·

    Amazing, a must try...

  12. stouf
    stouf ·

    Very very cool !

  13. yattering
    yattering ·

    I hope, with a cable release its going to be more easier!

  14. phalanx
    phalanx ·

    @jimhalpert: No, I put the camera on one of these boxes where you can take out a newspaper for money.

    A tripod and a cable release might help getting less blurr in the background.

  15. odjur
    odjur ·

    Oh wow, I would have never guessed you'd have to take 125 pictures..
    Going to trie this one though!

  16. kiteflyin
    kiteflyin ·

    This is too cool.

  17. seaing
    seaing ·

    I just tried this, and even though my photo didn't come out too well, I'm most definitely going to do this again :) www.lomography.com/homes/seaing/albums/1664172-sitio-remedi…

  18. beni
    beni ·

    really great!!!

  19. iamliza
    iamliza ·

    Awesome! Thanks for this great tip!

  20. crumpy
    crumpy ·

    awesome. I'm surprised sun didn't come up and ruin your calculations by the time you'd pressed the shutter 125 times! lol. very cool though. it almost seems so obvious an idea, it's a wonder people dont do this much already. well done

  21. jaguarwomon
    jaguarwomon ·

    Cool idea!!

    What if you used a different fillm speed?

  22. phalanx
    phalanx ·

    If you use a different film speed, you have to take this into account in the guestimation-process. If I had loaded ISO 200 film the ammount of exposures would have been 250 and 500 for ISO 100 respectively.

  23. pangmark
    pangmark ·

    Awesome! Let's start a movement. HQME everyone!

  24. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    see this is why living a suburban life is so boring!! i need to take more pictures!

  25. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    Update: how did you do this without the shutter mechanism failing on you?!
    i tried to copy your technique and my holga broke around 20 times oh pressing the shutter release button. luckily, a bought a new camera. (pls respond)

  26. phalanx
    phalanx ·

    I don't know, I did nothing else than pressing the shutter again and again, why it didn't fail is hard to to tell. What kind of failiure did your shutter show?

  27. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    It's fun, but I will never try this Because you have a better choice, simply use the B shutter is a lot easier and save time. Besides what if you forget the times when you triggering the shutter.? Like you don't remember whether you pressed 75 or 95 times? you easily get confused..<:)

  28. eskimofriend
    eskimofriend ·

    amazing indeed! 125 times wow

  29. nation_of_pomation
    nation_of_pomation ·

    This is definitely a nice effect. It seems like, if I did the math right, it'd be a lot easier to get shorter slow shutter shots out of a Holga with this, or with IR photography or something.

  30. naxee
    naxee ·

    @wuxiong: You're right, but I think this is a good alternative if you don't have a tripod with you, because then the photo doesn't become that blurry...

  31. phalanx
    phalanx ·

    Hey, there is still discussion going on… I like that :)
    In my opinion this is not an alternative to B shutter in means of similar results, it is just another technique which yields very unique pictures, you would never be able to get in B-mode ;)
    For example:
    This is a HQME with my Holga (250 clicks)
    This is a picture from the very same spot at the very same time captured with my LC-A+ (~1s)

    …and I can strongly recommend to have a look at the HQME pics of @mephisto19 www.lomography.com/search/HQME#photos completely different from mine and super-awesome :)

  32. phalanx
    phalanx ·

    …oh and I forgot to mention the user @vicuna I love his interoretation of this technique :)

  33. rachaelbethan
    rachaelbethan ·

    brilliant! and the result is gorgeous!! i cannot wait to give this a try!

  34. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    I've seen some great results using this technique, and I can't wait to try it myself. Thank you for sharing!

  35. skrutt
    skrutt ·

    Cool thing! I will try this some night! :D

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