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Double Exposure Black And White Film Photography

Double Exposure Black And White Film Photography Double Exposure Black And White Film Photography

First, I took a first shot of my subject (humans) against a piece of white wall or bright sky. Then I just find an interesting pattern to superimpose with my subject.

Kodak Tri-X 400, Nikon FM2, People’s Park Complex Singapore (2017)

To start, you may want to consider keeping on the exposures limited to simple images. Two busy exposures can be chaotic or hard to see.

However, by doing this, you have no control over where you want to place your subjects. Unless you remember the composition for every single frame of the first exposure.

If you shot film regularly, it’s likely you’ve already had a double exposure accident, but with some forethought, create unique and artsy imagery by adding double exposures to your shooting repertoire.  A double exposure is exposing the film twice with two different images and can be easily done on your Holga, Diana, and other toy cameras by simply not advancing the film. There’s even a hack to do double exposures with disposable film cameras.

If your camera allows, stop down your exposures to keep images from overexposing. Joe Bailey

The artistic visual has no limit and it all based on your creativity. For instance, as seen above, I used tree and patterned building for my second shots.

Double-exposure is fun and it spikes up your creativity juice to arrange the shots according to your aesthetic vision.

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To be honest, if you want to have fun, there should be no rule. When I used Lomography camera back in 2012, I didn’t have much control over the camera since it is a point-and-shoot.

Double exposing an entire roll – If you’re an adventurer and despise predictability, try exposing an entire roll, re-spooling the film and reshooting it. Of course, there’s no planning with this technique and results are unexpected and sometimes spectacular.

There are many guides out there on how to do double exposures. But I haven’t written my version, so here it goes:

My first experience with double exposure was when I had my first Lomography La Sardina in 2012. This camera has a double-exposure function, which I think many Lomography cameras do.

Double/multiple-exposure is a technique where you expose two or more images (superimposed) on the same frame.

Because it’s exposing the film twice you’ll have better results in lower lighting conditions. If your camera has F-Stop settings, you can get more detail if underexpose by 1 stop.

On Nikon FM2, there’s a button where I can pull to advance the film lever without advancing my film. If your camera doesn’t have this function, one suggestion is to shoot all the first exposure on a roll, then re-use the same roll for second exposure.

Example of how details are prominent in shadowed areas. cx33000 via Flickr

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There’s no right or wrong way to create a double exposure, but here are some tips and different techniques to consider:

May 12, 2012 / By admin / In Film Photography,Film Tips and Reviews,Lomography

For instance, some people like to place their subject on the right for the first exposure, and then on the left for the second.

Using a tripod, remove or add an object for the second exposure.

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The important thing is where you place your subject in the frame.

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Create sequential or horizontal images with partially advancing your film and creating multiple exposures. This technique is often used for portraits, but can also be great in telling a story.

Just remember, the area you want it to show, you have to superimpose that area with a dark shade. Don’t superimpose that area (the one you want it to show) with another bright object such as another sky or bright wall.

Film Trading Groups – There are groups set up for swapping film. A person buys a roll of film, shoots it, then rewinds it, then it’s traded for someone else to shoot, or double expose the film and then process it. To give it a try or see the results, A Tale of Two Cities is a popular Flickr group that swamps film.

Disposable Camera Double Exposure – Photojojo gives simple instruction on creating double exposure using a disposable camera. The process is simple:

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Partial advance portrait using a Holga and colored Flash. By sergiok via Flickr

Furthermore, using film and seeing the image (scan/print) also make you feel the sense of presence. And it also makes the process more challenging but once you nail it, the sense of satisfaction is immeasurable!

The good thing about double-exposure is that it takes you forever to finish the roll. That’s because it takes time to plan each shot, find the best location and subject, and lastly, shutter clicking doesn’t equate to the frequency of film advancing. For example, you only advance your film once after you click the shutter twice or multiple times.

When developing the film, make sure you make not cut the negatives.

For the multiple exposures below, I used the Lomography La Sardina and I simply just shifted myself from left to right. If you notice, the colour intensity decreases as the exposure increases. If I were to do fourth and fifth exposures, I don’t think I will see the last two and the increased exposures might fade my first three shots.

However, I would say don’t force yourself with the rules, just have fun!

A way to play with double-exposure is to use white or bright background for one of your shots.

Another camera I use for my double-exposure fun shots is Nikon FM2.

I tried doing double exposures with digital camera but I feel that something is missing.

Experiment with double exposed split images. There are inexpensive lens attachments or you can cut your extra lens cap in half or make your own

One last reason to do double exposures on film is to anticipate the surprises.

Charge your flash (most disposables have a button for this.) Hold the camera in one hand, and SMACK! it down onto the palm of your other hand (lens facing out.) The flash will fire, and you may get a double exposure as well! (Surprises like this are part of the fun of the film, after all!) One response to “Tips on creating double exposures”

The rule of thumb: Underexpose your first shot by -1 stop. Underexpose your second exposure by -1 stop as well. So this -1 plus -1 stop will add up to neutral (o). Otherwise, the details might be lost if you overexpose too much.

And don’t overly underexpose the shot. I have done it and nothing came out. Blank. Against white/bright background

I think recently there’s been some sort of film exchange going on where people exchange exposed films and see what kind of double-exposed photos come out of 2 photographers.

I swear film double-exposure looks different from digital’s double-exposure!

Shadows on one exposure will allow the details to show through from the second exposure. You can compose your double exposure by keeping a mental note and lining up shadows and highlights.

Double-exposure can be achieved simply by using Photoshop. Or on your digital camera if they (such as Fujifilm X-series) have the built-in multiple exposures function.

For the shot above, I tried to center the head for my first shot, then inverted the camera and do a second shot, also centering the head.

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