Double exposures are a fun and creative way to get multiple different images into one frame.
You might have seen some cool examples of silhouettes with patterns in them, or clone [UNKNOWN] style pictures, with the same person around different positions in the frame.
For this tutorial, I'm gonna show you how to make these two examples in your dSLR, no Photoshop required.
I'm gonna be using the Canon 5D Mark III and the Nikon D800.
Find a subject or even yourself to position in the frame.
Like any silhouette, make sure there's a strong light coming from behind the subject, or even a white wall can work.
Set your exposure so the background is mostly blown out, I like to use a spot meter to do this.
Once you've got a suitable silhouette turn on the multiple exposure option.
On the Canon press the paintbrush button at the back of the camera and switch disable to on function control leave all the settings on this screen as they are but make sure you scroll down to the bottom and choose select image for multiple exposure.
Choose the silhouette you shot previously and confirm it on screen.
You'll be taken back to the multiple exposure menu, and then from here, turn on live view.
You should be able to see that very same silhouette on the screen.
Now it's time to find a pattern or fill for your silhouette, such as flowers, leaves, trees.
The only limit is what you can imagine.
Compose the shot to your liking, and try and fill the silhouette with pattern.
But make sure you're underexposing this second image ever so slightly.
This is because the camera is adding the exposures together in camera by default.
So, if you shoot on the meter, things are gonna be overexposed.
Now I'm gonna show you how to make a clone wars multiple exposure with your subject in three different positions around the frame.
First up, grab your DSLR and tripod and then frame up the shot.
Using the Nikon, I'm gonna turn on multiple.
Press the menu button and then find multiple exposure under the shooting menu.
Turn it on and select single photo.
Now choose the number of shots you want in the final frame.
In this example, I need three.
Get your subject in the first position.
Focus and then expose the shot to your liking.
Take the photo and then rinse and repeat for the next two frames.
So there you have it, a quick guide to using multiple exposure on your dslr.
I would love to see the results you get using these methods.
Feel free to Tweet me @lexysavvides or hit me up at CNet.
Plus, if you want to check out the full text run-through of this tutorial, you can also find that over at the how-to section.
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