Multi/double exposure research and double exposure portrait photoshoot


Multiple exposures is a technique in which the camera shutter is opened more than once to expose the film many times, usually to different images. The resulting picture contains the subsequent image/s superimposed over the original. I was extremely excited upon discovering this technique during other photographic research. Immediately drawn to it, I began to experiment – first in digital, and quickly to transferred newly acquired skills to film.


I shoot the original portraits on Nikon 810D. This fantastic camera allows you to choose a previously taken photo and double/multiexposure to it, which is a great and practical function. However, you can not use live view when in multiexposure mode, a downside, which I know is improved with other cameras like Canon 5D Mark 3


Shaun’s double exposure – my first attempt using Nikon 610D

These are good examples of how photos came out from the camera (on the left) to how much better they look once tiny tweaked in photoshop (just through correcting contrast and brightness, so not much manipulation in the post process, but enough to make them stand out more).


Shaun’s double exposure on Mamiya 645 Pro TL Ilford HP5 Plus 400

‘Double exposure works by exposing your film to light twice. In order to get an image on both exposures you will need to underexpose, by cutting the exposure in half. This will mean that the double exposure shots equal out to a fully exposed image. If you are exposing the film more than twice, you will need to half this measurement again so that the exposure of all the frames equals out to a fully exposed photograph. However, films with a strong exposure latitude can still perform well when they are overexposed, so you will likely still get great results if you shoot each exposure normally.’


Some nice examples of multi exposure of the web:


How to Make a DOUBLE EXPOSURE In Camera (2018)

How to Shoot Double Exposure Silhouettes on Film (2021)

Practical video about multi-exposure. I particularly enjoyed learning about prism filter, which I now aim to purchase and experiment with.

Some helpful videos on multi-exposure with excellent examples of work:

In-Camera Digital Double Exposure Tutorial (2013)

The first tutorial I watched, with clear instructions, concise, made me feel confident about using the double exposure technique.

Take Double Exposures With a 35mm Film SLR (How To) (2013)

Excellent overview of multi-exposure on 35mm camera with some tips and advice on how to hack it to your needs.

Double Exposures on 35MM FILM – [Tips and behind the scenes] (2021)


‘Bibliography’

‘Double Exposures on 35MM FILM – [Tips and behind the scenes]’. TeemusPhoto. (2021). [Online video] https://youtu.be/cY-B0tGSsAs. Available through YouTube. [Accessed on 20/07/21]

‘How to Make a DOUBLE EXPOSURE In Camera’. Eric Floberg. (2018). [Online video] https://youtu.be/kGWdB37GSXQ. Available through YouTube. [Accessed on 01/08/21].

(2021). ‘How to do Double Exposure with Film Photography’. Analogue Wonderland. [Online] 26 May 2021. [Accessed on 05/07/21]. https://analoguewonderland.co.uk/blogs/film-photography-blog/how-to-do-double-exposure-with-film-photography

‘How to Shoot Double Exposure Silhouettes on Film’. Film is more fun. (2021). [Online video] https://youtu.be/j-6nubaGwpQ. Available through YouTube. [Accessed on 01/08/21].

‘In-Camera Digital Double Exposure Tutorial’. PS Photo Stuff. (2013). [Online video] https://youtu.be/Lcu8SdcsYnY. Available through YouTube. [Accessed on 20/07/21]

‘Take Double Exposures With a 35mm Film SLR (How To)’. AwesomeCameras. (2013). [Online video] https://youtu.be/AjqerXnDAuI. Available through YouTube. [Accessed on 20/07/21]

Published by Elzbieta Skorska

My name is Elzbieta Skorska. I am a second-year photography student degree at MMU.

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