Tips on Multiple Exposure

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Photograph by: Ranjani Pinnelli

Tip: Multiple Exposure ! This is a very beautiful picture with a great visualization. It looks very appealing to the eyes. The expression worn by the lady looks splendid. There is a beautiful gradation in the background. Its a unique portrait captured creatively.

Exif file info:

Canon 1000D
Shutter: 1/8th of a sec
Aperture:f/5.6
ISo: 100
Focal length: 55mm

Tips on Multiple Exposure

What does Multiple exposure mean:

A multiple exposure happens when two pictures get exposed on the same frame of film. The result is a beautiful blend of both scenes overlapping.

Double Exposure, or Multiple Exposure is a photographic technique that combines 2 different images into a single image. The technique has been practiced for several years, and it became particularly famous recently, due to the fact that graphic editor like Photoshop can help to create the identical effect.

With double exposure technique, you can create certain effect like ghost image, mirror image, or simply merging a bright moon into the dark, lonely sky. The reason of using this technique varies, but they are surely created for same purposes – beauty and uniqueness.

Choosing camera settings for a double exposure with a digital SLR
To fake a double exposure with a digital SLR, your shutter needs to be open for 20 seconds or longer, so use the lowest iso setting — 100 if you have it — and a small aperture of f/22. The small aperture gives you a tremendous depth of field which enables you to move about freely in the frame without the worry of being out of focus. A focal length of 28mm to 50mm also gives you a large depth of field. Choose Aperture Priority mode and Single Shot focus with a single autofocus point.
You need to mount the camera on a tripod or solid surface to stabilize it during the long exposure, which means you don’t need image stabilization.

Taking a double exposure
Creating multiple iterations of you or a friend in a single image requires a bit of planning. You have to compose the picture beforehand and know exactly where you want the subject to be when the shutter closes.
This technique creates a somewhat ghostly image. But if it’s too hard to see the person, switch to an area that has a darker background. Also, make sure the person in the picture wears clothing that contrasts with the background.

1. Mount the camera on a tripod or set it on a flat surface and make sure it’s level.

2. Enable the camera self timer.
Most cameras have a ten-second self-timer, which gives you time to walk into the frame.

3. Compose the picture, and then press the shutter button halfway to achieve focus.
Focus on something in the middle of the scene. The small aperture gives you a huge depth of field, so you appear in focus anywhere in the frame.

4. Press the shutter button fully.
The self-timer starts counting down. On most cameras, a flashing red light starts blinking on the front of the camera. It starts flashing faster when the camera is about to open the shutter.

5. Have the subject — you or a friend — walk into the frame.

6. When the light stops flashing and the shutter opens, count slowly to ten while holding perfectly still.

7. At the count of 11, walk to another area in the frame and hold position until the shuttercloses.
With a small aperture of f/22, the lens stays open for about 30 seconds.

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