PHOTO SKILLS: FRIGHTFUL FRAMES
THE UNUSUAL EFFECTS OF MULTIPLE EXPOSURES ARE INDISPUTABLY EERIE. CAROLINE SCHMIDT EXPLAINS HOW YOU CAN CAPTURE YOUR OWN HAUNTING PORTRAIT USING THIS IN- CAMERA TECHNIQUE
We have a spooky in- camera multiple- exposure technique for you to try out this Halloween
Camera: NIKON d800 / Lens: NIKON AF- S 50MM F/ 1.4G / accessories: TRIPOD
Celebrating all Hallows’ eve is a licence for trick- or- treating, frightful costumes and – best of all – creative photography. eerie long exposures, low- key portraits and candle- lit still- lifes are some techniques worth exploring but, out of them all, multiple exposures suit the spooky spiritual essence of Halloween the most. and, did i mention – there’s no need for any Photoshop trickery.
a camera’s multiple- exposure facility works by blending the brightest parts of each image, rendering each shot as a low- opacity frame layered on top of the other. Most cameras let you merge up to ten images, but you’ll likely get the best effects by shooting and merging two or three frames.
a popular technique that’s most commonly associated with a double exposure is when you shoot a silhouette against a bright background and then a second frame that fills the silhouette with texture. For this tutorial, however, we’ll be focusing on a double exposure of a single subject to create a darker, supernatural portrait. whilst the technique originates from complex film photography, the multiple- exposure facility in many current digital slrs make this as simple as using a tripod, dialling in a few settings and imagination. give it a try!