Saturday, August 03, 2013

Contributor | Multiple Exposures

How are we all? I'm Laura from BOOKM▲▲RKS and today I'm going to talk about one of my favourite film photography techniques: multiple exposure. For those of you who are new with film photography, multiple exposure means you shoot photos over and over again on the same frame without winding your film. Hence you get the different interesting layers of shots one on top of another within a single photo!

From technical point of view, this is quite easy to do, you just need to remember not to rewind your film to go to the next frame. Not all cameras have this setting though, certain cameras which don't have this setting will force you to advance to the next frame to take another photo. What I'd like to talk to you about specifically on this post is to take your multiple exposure shots to another level, give you some different simple inspirations and think more about compositions to get the best out of this technique.

1. Say it with flowers
One of the most favourite objects to take multiple exposure shots, something that's quite easy to practice this technique too. It doesn't matter whether you want to take a picture of the flowers first or last. Combine your flowers shot with a darker object or shape on backlight, this gives you a strong definition to your object shape as well as that interesting flowers pattern over it.

2. Portraits
You could get really interesting photo by combining really simple portraits of a person or a few people in different poses, or shots taken from different angles. How about some fun jumping shots combined like example below? Or have a look at the ghostly effect on the next photo underneath of the same person shot twice in the same photo. Play with different filter colours of your lens too if you like.

 3. Splitzer
A splitzer is basically a camera lens divider. A splitzer helps you to shoot on different areas on the same frame. You could either buy a proper splitzer e.g. from lomography they have this lomo LC-A splitter. Or you could also do your own DIY like this splitter tutorial for Diana Mini or La Sardina. Some people also just use their own hand as a splitzer or a piece of paper to cover their lens! Here are a few creative examples.

Photo by James Fitzgerald - see how he divided left hand side shot of the trees and right hand side shot of the girl? 

Photo by Marcus Butler - or how about play around with a mirror effect upside down shot of the same object? 
Have fun and shoot and go crazy!

Now that you have several ideas on how you could use this multiple exposure technique, it's time to go out and shoot. The more you practice, the more you get the hang of it, the more you know your camera and know what you want to get out of your multiple exposure shots. And you can go as crazy as you like combining all the simple compositions above. Some more fun shots that I like below :)

Photo by Danny Edwards - building and tree floating in the sky? And no this is not photoshoped!   

Photo by fotobes - amazing mirrored figure with flowers and trees combo 

I hope you find this tutorial useful, do share with us your multi exposure shots if you have any. Happy shooting and happy Friday friends, see you next time!

Laura TJ
Here Comes the Sun Contributor


  1. I love multiple exposure shots on film! (Though sometimes they are accidental - forgetting to wind after a shot). Love these, especially the portrait and the flowers!

  2. I love multiple exposures! Lovely inspirational post! :)

  3. these are amazing! I've never been good at double exposures but now I want to try :)

  4. Love this! I will have to give this a try some day!

  5. I just bought a Canadian 1970 version of the Diana F+, I hope I can take double exposures with it! When they're done right they look gorgeous!

  6. Wow, this is seriously amazing! All these photos are incredible and so inspiring. I don't know anything about film photography but this makes me want to learn EVERYTHING about it!

  7. I love multiple exposure! I've done it a couple of times accidentally and I loved it.

    Bian | Mortem Blonde

  8. These are gorgeous! I love double exposures!


  9. what a wonderful post! I love your blog
    xo xo

  10. AMAZING- I'm such a newbie I didn't even think things like this were possible, lovely:)


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