Multiple Exposure Photography Techniques

Here’s a set of tricks you can use if you’re interested in double exposure photography. This genre that promises some really awe-inspiring images. The best thing is you don’t need any additional tools beyond what you already have. Photographer Philipp Reinhard demonstrates:

Double Exposure Portrait

Step one is to choose a vantage point.

Step two is to make some exposures of a person.

multiple exposure photography

Once you have the exposure ready the next step is to cut your subject out.

Now, find an interesting background. This will be the foundation for your second exposure.

how to shoot multiple exposure photography

Add multiple shapes

Add multiple shapes to give your image an interesting vibe.

Choosing the right blending mode is important.

multiple exposure portrait

Work with the blending modes

Ideally, you should be using the brush tool to make sure the final effect is refined.

Jarring Exposures

To make jarred exposures you need to shoot multiple exposures from the same spot.

Import the images as layers to edit.

Play around with the opacity of each of the layers to fine-tune the image.

You can also play around with the layer blending modes to add some extra effects.

The final result will be a cool jarred effect:

tips for multiple exposure photography

Jarring Effect

Multiple Exposure Self Portrait

Another interesting experiment you can do with multiple exposures is to shoot multiple images of yourself.

Shoot several exposures. You can also experiment with a friend while you make the exposures.

multiple exposures

Masking out areas of the image that aren’t required

On each of the layers, mask out any of the areas that aren’t required. You will have to do this layer by layer. But remember not to do this for the base layer.

multiple exposure tutorial

Transition Timelapse

This technique requires a landscape scene, such as a sunset. Take several exposures over a period of time. Find three to six exposures where the change of lighting is dramatic. Edit each of the images. Then cut them up into equal sizes for the composite. Use the brush tool to refine them so that the final image is a composite:

Transition time-lapse


So, what’s your favorite multiple exposure technique?

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