Un­leash Your Cre­ativ­ity with Mul­ti­ple Ex­po­sure Pho­tog­ra­phy

A Guide to Mul­ti­ple Ex­po­sure Pho­tog­ra­phy

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE - by Bryan Chan

Mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure pho­tog­ra­phy is a great tech­nique that adds fun to pho­tog­ra­phy. As its name sug­gests, mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure es­sen­tially means tak­ing two or more pho­tos, and merg­ing them to­gether to cre­ate a sin­gle photo. In this month’s Fo­cused, we show you the ba­sics of mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure pho­tog­ra­phy.


Here’s a list of equip­ment that you’ll need to take mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure shots: 1) A dig­i­tal cam­era that can en­ter mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure mode

2) A smart­phone with a built-in cam­era

First and fore­most, tak­ing mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure shots will re­quire you to have a cam­era that can do mul­ti­ple ex­po­sures. While ana­log cam­eras are ca­pa­ble of shoot­ing mul­ti­ple ex­po­sures, so are dig­i­tal cam­eras. This ar­ti­cle will be fo­cus­ing on the lat­ter. Do note that not all dig­i­tal cam­eras sup­port mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure mode.

De­pend­ing on the type of mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure shot you’d like to take, you may also need: 1) A tri­pod

2) A flash­gun


If your cam­era sup­ports mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure shots, then you’re all set! All you need to do is get off that chair, take out your cam­era and start shoot­ing pho­tos. Be­fore you do so though, it’s good to un­der­stand that there are dif­fer­ent types of mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure pho­tos, but the most ba­sic is called a dou­ble ex­po­sure shot. As you would have guessed, a dou­ble ex­po­sure shot is ba­si­cally blend­ing two pho­tos to­gether. In most newer cam­eras, up to three pho­tos can be blended to­gether to cre­ate a sin­gle photo, in-cam­era.

While it’s pos­si­ble to take pho­tos of any­thing and com­bin­ing them to pro­duce a dou­ble ex­po­sure shot, it’s usu­ally bet­ter to take a sil­hou­ette of a person or ob­ject as your first shot, and tak­ing a sur­face with some form of tex­ture as your sec­ond. As with any form of pho­tog­ra­phy, it’s a process of trial and er­ror.

For smart­phone users, re­gard­less whether you’re us­ing an iPhone or an An­droid phone, there are hun­dreds of apps that can help you take mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure pho­tos. So far, the best we’ve seen is Image Blender for the iPhone, and Diana Photo for An­droid phones.

Pic­tures by Ammar Uzair Amin­ud­din

There are many apps that al­low you to do mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure pho­tog­ra­phy on a smart­phone.

Some pho­tos don’t gel well to­gether, so it’s a process of trial and er­ror.

Most mod­ern dig­i­tal cam­eras now sup­port mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure mode.

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