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Multiple Exposure on Rebel XT DSLR?

by Jlak64 / July 21, 2006 3:14 AM PDT

I recently bought the Rebel XT DSLR after years of owning the Rebel film camera. Pretty intuitive to learn since so many of the controls are the same, but... how do I set up for multiple exposures on this digital model? Anyone?

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Unless the Rebel has a control that enables multiple
by Kiddpeat / July 21, 2006 3:25 AM PDT

exposure, your ability to do them is limited. The camera can be set to hold the shutter open for an extended period (30 seconds on my 20D), and exposures can be made while it is open. I have done this in a dark room by manually triggering a flash unit.

I suspect most people simply bring multiple images into Photoshop, and blend them via layers using masks, transparency, blending modes, etc.

Some digital cameras do allow multiple exposures, but I don't know if the Rebel is one of these.

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That would be a bummer
by Jlak64 / July 21, 2006 6:34 AM PDT

I hope they didn't take features out of the DSLR that they used to have in the film cameras of the same family. For those of us who really want to take photos the old-fashioned way, PhotoShop seems like cheating. (Although the whole concept of digital makes the idea of learning how to meter for ME sort of silly)

Guess I'll need to dig up the manual and see if I can find anything. Thanks for the response.

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The 'old fashioned way' included using multiple negatives,
by Kiddpeat / July 21, 2006 7:26 AM PDT
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burning, dodging, masks, etc. to make prints. Ansel Adams talked about how a negative was manipulated to make a print, and multiple negatives were used to bring the sky into a print.

That's what Photoshop does.

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One question is, what do you want to achieve with multiple
by Kiddpeat / July 21, 2006 10:14 AM PDT
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exposure? Some of those things may be possible.

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Multiple Exposure
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / July 21, 2006 7:58 AM PDT

That could mean more than one thing.
Two things pop into my head.

1) Bracketing
2) Continuous shooting

If you mean #1 - look in the manual for "bracketing"
If you mean #2 - First try just switching the knob on the top left to "Sports" mode and just hold the shutter down. It that does not do it, check the manual.

If you do not have a manual, you can download one from the Canon website.


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multiple exposures on the same frame
by Jlak64 / July 24, 2006 5:32 AM PDT
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Hi snapshot2 - I don't mean taking multiple photos. I mean what-in-film-jargon-would-be exposing the same frame multiple times so that images overlap. Like these:

I get that it's actually much easier to do in PhotoShop (just stick any 2+ images on top of each other, and you don't even have to worry about "exposing" the film too long), but I like the surprise of not knowing exactly how it's going to turn out. And having one chance to get it just right. Happy

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"Double Exposure"
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / July 24, 2006 7:44 AM PDT

That does take me back to the days of film.

Sometimes it happened accidentally and sometimes on purpose.

I don't remember anyone ever mentioning Double Exposure with a digital camera.

Thanks for the time travel back to yesteryear.


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Sometimes film is easier
by EvanSei / December 26, 2010 2:44 PM PST

I have a rebel XT and was wondering the same thing. If you are doing shots in the dark a way to replicate the effect is to use a long exposure and just turn off the light while you are moving.

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Now there are many tutorials on this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 26, 2010 2:51 PM PST
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Good Tutorial
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / December 26, 2010 11:47 PM PST

Thanks Bob, that is a good demonstration.
It puts many ideas in my head.


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