Shoot a mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure

Practical Photography (UK) - - Hidden Camera Features -

BACK IN THE DAYS OF FILM, DOU­BLE ex­po­sures were usu­ally the re­sult of pho­tog­ra­phers for­get­ting to wind on their cam­era be­tween shots, thereby ac­ci­den­tally ex­pos­ing the same piece of film twice. The re­sult­ing im­ages oc­ca­sion­ally threw up in­ter­est­ing ef­fects, and creative pho­tog­ra­phers started to re­alise the artis­tic potential of the tech­nique. Most mod­ern DSLRs and some CSCs have a mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure func­tion built in, many of which al­low you to merge up to nine im­ages, al­though com­bin­ing just two usu­ally pro­duces the most vis­ually strik­ing re­sults.

While there’s no hard-and-fast rule for the types of im­ages that you can use for mul­ti­ple ex­po­sures, comb­ing a sim­ple por­trait with a tree, a build­ing or a city sky­line is the most pop­u­lar op­tion. The tech­nique is more of an art than a sci­ence, so ex­per­i­ment­ing is key to get­ting a bril­liant im­age. Some mod­els will merge im­ages as you shoot, while oth­ers al­low you to com­bine im­ages post-cap­ture. You may also no­tice a con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing op­tion in the mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure menu. This is de­signed so you can shoot a burst of im­ages of a mov­ing sub­ject from a tri­pod, and have it ap­pear in frame sev­eral times to cre­ate an ac­tion se­quence. This is per­fect for pho­tograph­ing ath­letes such as skate­board­ers, skiers, run­ners and cy­clists.

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