New Theme for July and August: Multiple Exposure

Lush - © Larry Citra

Lush – © Larry Citra

Alright photographers – here’s your assignment for July and August: take some multiple exposure photographs.

Some of you have cameras which limit you to only two images appearing in an in-camera multiple exposure.  Others have cameras which allow from two to ten photos to be stacked into a single multiple exposure.  It doesn’t matter which type of camera you have – all can be used creatively to make interesting multiple exposures.  You need to work at it though.  Like everything in photography, you can’t just step outside and snap off masterpieces!

Here’s a few things you might want to try as you experiment:

  • choose a scene which has contrasting light and dark or contrasting colour; take your first photo.  Now overlay it with another photo which puts light over the dark of the first, or a different colour over one of the colours in the first.
  • set your camera up for the maximum number of photos it allows in a multiple exposure and for a fast continuous shutter; point it at a subject, and:
    • rotate the camera while holding the shutter button down (you can rotate the camera around the center point of the scene in the viewfinder or, you can try rotating the camera around a point near one of the corners of the scene in the viewfinder); or,
    • zoom the lens while holding the shutter button down; or,
    • jiggle the camera a little bit while holding the shutter button down; or,
    • run towards the subject while holding the shutter button down; or,
    • swing yourself around, pointing the camera at an angle, while holding the shutter button down; or,
    • get into a grove of trees, point the camera straight up and spin around while holding the shutter button down (go on, do it! who cares what the neighbours might think?).
  • Take a long shot of your subject.  Now take a close up.
  • Take a silhouette shot (place your subject in shade against a bright background and reduce the exposure so the subject is dark, but the background is correctly exposed); now take a shot of some lighter flowers.

Have fun!

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