How many exposures can I make on one frame?

There is no limit to the amount of exposures you can do in one frame. (As long as you have a camera that enables multiple exposures of course)

Double exposures are the most popular and even multiple exposures of up to four or five layers are common. However in rare cases photographers will push the concept even further, layering 10, 20, or even 50 exposures on one image. Photos made in this way are often characterized by dream-like and mysterious haziness.

Photos by @lagia using multiple exposure technique.

When layering this many exposures into one photograph there are some technical things to consider. For example The problem of overexposure is a challenge that needs to be overcome, as you are exposing the film to a lot of light by layering so many images. For this reason, the use of an ND filter can be helpful.

Getting your camera settings right when taking this many exposures is tricky. But if you’re willing to go through a trial and error phase, you’re sure to end up with your ideal aperture and shutter speed eventually.

It’s also important to think about composition. Simple scenes work best, as anything busy will be difficult to visually decipher. Photographers using this technique will often choose a single subject and capture it from the same angle multiple times to create a resulting image that is soft and impressionistic.

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