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double exposures it’s quite a topic when I first started into photography I really wanted to get into the oval exposures because they look cool they look like something for me when I started when I had no idea about any concept of photography double exposures were magical or is something that you know people who knew how to really operate a camera could do and it’s true to some extent my first attempts of making double exposures were really crappy I had no idea how it worked I just knew more or less the basic idea which is when you take a picture if you’re gonna take another picture on top of it if you expose correctly for the first picture and then you expose correctly for the second picture where you combine both you’ll have an overexposed picture so what you need to do is to shoot one step of light less on both pictures and then you have correctly exposed image shooting one step of light less on each picture is commonly referred as shooting at -1 EB on both images when you shoot at -1 evey on both images meaning when you should 1 stop of light less both images when you combine them you’re gonna have an evenly incorrectly exposed image if you want to stitch 4 pictures into one make a quadruple exposure you have to shoot at -2 evey meaning shooting at minus 2 stops for each picture you take and when you combine the fourth together you’re gonna have a correctly exposed image that’s the basic that’s the bare-bones idea on this episode I’m gonna go out with this camera there’s an immediacy 330 and it has a multiple exposure option right here so I’m gonna shoot double exposures only I’m gonna show you more or less the idea now how it works is really simple I’m gonna be shooting in black and white so you’ll get a better idea of how it actually works now what I’m gonna say now it’s highly unscientific and it’s not the way that academics will tell you it works but this is how it’s easy to understand when you take an image everything that’s white means that is destroying the information and everything that’s black means that it’s retaining the information for the next picture that you stitch on top of it what I mean is if you take an image which is completely black and completely white and this is your first frame and then you go out sighting to take a picture of a landscape or whatever what you will see is landscape where there was black before and then white because you can put more information on a white because it’s already exposed so when I take double exposures what I really think about is what is white where is the white and where is the black whatever is white I give it for a loss like there’s nothing I can do with that piece of the image but wherever is black I can fill it with other information that’s what I’m doing on this video I go outside antics and pictures I’m gonna show you how I make my pictures now there’s there’s something that happened during this video it I put a an action camera on this thing and I was filming myself doing this but then I just grabbed the camera I move around and I put my greasy finger on front of the lens and the rest of the footage looks like it has a kind of smudge and it looks terrible I hope you can forgive me for that I didn’t realize my action camera has no screen so I have no idea what it’s recording so I hope you don’t mind and you can follow me on this adventure let’s go [Applause] [Music] [Music] you [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] now here’s the thing none of the images that you’ve seen are completely straight out of camera and I want to be honest about this when you take these double exposures what you see really is areas that are white with some gray on top of the areas that are white and areas that are black with content inside of them so what I do when I take double exposures like this I grab the image I put on Lightroom and then you play with the values so I pump up the highlights and I pump up the white then I’ve lowered the shadows and blacks and whatnot so it becomes more contrasting so the point is making everything that’s kind of gray turning to white that way the image looks less cluttered that’s what I do really and using this method is how I made this image I posted this image on Instagram and asked if you were interested in a tutorial about how to make this happen well this is a tutorial it’s not really hard to make for those of you who are thinking that you can only do this in black and white that’s not the case you can also do it in color and here’s how it looks in color making these kind of pictures is not really hard you have to think about the white parts of your image like a mask so when you take a picture of something it contains white somewhere thinking about that wide as information that will no longer be recovered and just keep that in mind and everything that’s black is information that you can use you can fill that with other content if you think about it that way it’s release it take double exposures now that’s not the only way of making double exposures there’s countless other ideas that you can have I asked Frank my subject to stand in one place and I take a picture with the camera and then I ask her to leave that place and take the same picture and she will look like a ghost so it’s an interesting effect nowadays it looks kind of cheesy because it’s so reused and it’s like a mysterious ghost but you know what I mean maybe you can get creative shooting something like this and coming up with interesting solutions I think double exposures are a really cool thing I think they’re like I think they really force you to think your image in a more prepared way so you can’t just I mean you can but it’s really hard to just grab a camera go outside and take random double exposures and something really amazing come out you can do it it’s more or less a matter of luck but if you don’t want to rely on luck what shooting double exposures does to your brain is at least to me it forces me to think about the images that I’m crafting as I’m crafting them so I take a picture of something and then if I want to make a double exposure I need to think about what will fit with what already took and remember where the position of everything was in the image because if you take an image and then you take the next one it’s not really aligned it doesn’t look well so you need to be constantly thinking about how to make that happen and that’s all I have to say regarding double exposures I hope you do this episode it was quite simple but I think I don’t know sometimes things that seem really complex are actually quite simple once you know your way around them so I hope this was the case I want to give a big shout to my patrons because they allow me to buy cameras and film and try new stuff and actually they allow me to stand in front of you produce the content because they help me from the channel and it’s a it’s a really big help if you want to be part of my patrons just follow the link at the end of the video or in the description and you’ll see that I give away cameras every single month and I give away some films and stuff I’m now doing photo critiques so every patron of 5and app can send pictures and then I make some comments about them and I make some kind of a vlog mixed with podcasts about the images I don’t know I’m just trying stuff and it’s it’s been really fun lately so if you want to get into that get into that and if not don’t worry I’ll be back next week like every week thank you so much for sticking by and I will see you next week with another episode until then just keep shooting guys [Music]

100 thoughts on “How to make double exposures on film

  1. nice job Ed, glad you used the TLR camera too. This is one of the fastest, best explained double exposure videos I've seen.

  2. BOOOOOOMMMM!!!! 🙂 Thank you so much for this 🙂 You have actually answered many many questions I keep asking myself every time I go to try a double exposure!!……. which I never take because I can never answer my own questions!! Thank you thank you thank you 🙂

  3. Absolutamente genial. Perfectamente explicado. Todo un campo creativo para explorar. Muchísimas gracias Eduardo.

  4. Super video thanks! Been doing double exposures on digital, one exposure in colour and one in B&W. Gives the image interesting look.

  5. Awesome vídeo. As you said, we kind of know the theory, but trying is a different thing! Tottaly trying this in my next weekend trip!

  6. Thank you so much! My Canon A1 has a double exposure setting and I'm much more informed about it now! Seriously bless you for this! ✌📷😁

  7. These photos are beautiful, Eduardo. You really captured the magic you spoke of at the beginning of the video.

  8. Excelente como siempre. También está muy bueno sacar todo un rollo de 35 mm, recargarlo nuevamente y hacer una doble exposición aleatoria. Has intentado? Abrazo!

  9. Hey Eduardo, you've helped me through about five rolls of film with my Minolta X-700 in the last two months or so. It's really satisfying shooting with film again lol.

    I was wondering, will you do a video of the best way to display photos in a portfolio or gallery/home setting? Like if there is a certain way to display portraits, black and white, etc and if they should be matte or gloss finish, etc? Thank you 💖❤️

  10. I truly do not know what to say about Fran. You guys don’t talk about yourselves as much but one thing stands out without being told and that is that I can actually SEE you loving her. Hopefully that makes sense.

  11. Que buen video Edo!! Me encantó. Soy fan de las dobles exposiciones, pero siempre he sido de las que se van por la suerte. Tus tips me han dado muchas ganas de pensar mucho más las tomas y hacer algún proyecto interesante.
    Siempre es lindo ver a Fran en tus videos! Espero que les esté yendo muy bien con la mudanza. Un abrazo grande.

  12. ¡Excelente video, Ed! No recuerdo de quién es la frase de que si no puedes explicar algo de una forma sencilla entonces realmente no lo sabes. Fue tan claro, práctico, sencillo. Me gusta lo que mencionas sobre tener una idea de lo que quieres lograr, planificarlo. En las artes creo que se nota cuando alguien lo pensó y trabajó antes que cuando sólo es un chispazo de buena suerte. 😉

  13. Yes. Thank you! A really good video, more of these tutorial kind of videos 🙂 One would be nice of color correcting a color scan in photoshop/lightroom. Now i use Vuescan to scan my rolls as a linear scan. Then ColorPerfect plugin in Photoshop and select a correct filmtype for the inversion process. I get lots of gray and grain in that process so would be nice to see a different workflow also 🙂

  14. great job, man.have been following you for a few time, and could you pls make an episode about how to focus fast and accurate on rangerfinder cameras and manual fslr,because in your videos you used both(xpan,m3 and Minolta x700 etc),it would be great help for many like me to pick which kind of cameras,i have a x700 for a few days,but I always want a rangerfinder like cl or hexar rf,because I think rangerfinder cameras focus faster.

  15. Estuve esperando este video desde que posteaste la foto en IG. ¡Gracias por el tutorial!
    Pregunta: ¿Has trabajado con el Lomochrome? ¿Qué piensas de él? (En lo personal me gustan los resultados que se obtienen).

  16. I always love watching yout show. Is it possibe for you to feature flexaret 7? I am planning to start a 120mm film project. Cheers from New Zealand

  17. podrias hacer un video sobre los diferentes filtros y como afectan tomar fotos con camaras analógicas estoy un poco confundido sobre el tema y me gustaria escuchar tu opinion v: no necesita ser en español entiendo bien el ingles v: me gustan tus videos

  18. Valdrá la pena comprar el 2018 una Sony a7 ? Esta a 650 mil pesos con el objetivo kit 28-70 Y viene con un 50mm 1.8 para full frame igual. Bucha para mi es una gran inversión esa cantidad de plata y queri saber si vale la pena. Atento a comentarios Y recomendaciones!

  19. me encantó la lógica para explicar la doble exposición!!! muchas gracias! ps. las fotos fantasmagóricas están pulentísimas jj

  20. if you're a fan about analogic photography, i recommend to stop using lightroom and photoshop…. technic can't be banned by technologie, you can have a result with your lightroom, only with your mind, memory and patience only with your camera. it takes time, i now, but try to play the game until the end, and not shooting a part here, and another one there by knowing at first, you're gonna retouch it with a computer. that's my point of view, but i really like the idea to share your passion with us, keep up the good work 🙂 thumbs up !

  21. Ed! I've tried to understand double exposure, and tried a bunch on my own, and nothing helped me understand it the way this video did. Thank you for keeping it simple. Now I'm all excited to go shoot more, and I know I won't feel so defeated.

  22. I dont know if this question has been answered already, but I'll ask anyway. Is the editing for colored film the same as the black and white film?

  23. I made a silly mistake. I shot a roll of film and sat it down on a shelf before taking it to be developed. I then accidentally took a blank roll to be developed and exposed the already shot roll so now I have a whole roll of double exposures unintentionally 😭 some turned out ok, most are just messy but the individual photos if they weren't double exposures were pretty great 😅

  24. -1 ev, ok – but: how do you meter? spot on face, spot on white, spot on black or full image? You meter incident light or reflected light with lightmeter in your hand?

  25. 0 (zero, none, nada, ноль) dislikes. What is this if not the best, the most informative, the most honest share of wisdom? I came for practical advise on how to do it on Zenit 122k which does not seem to have a double exposure option, but instead I found this simple, yet fundamental knowledge of the double exposure's origin. Thank you!

  26. Maybe it is not OK to do this, if that is correct feel free to delete my comment, but recently I found an instagram profile of a guy that does just beautiful double exposures


    Right now I am waiting for my Smena 8M to arrive, and I can hardly wait for it to arrive to do some of these. Keep shooting everyone 🙂

  27. Hi, so do I just simply press the shutter button twice when taking two shots (apart from the calculation of shutter speed)?

  28. Wonderful video. First, let me understand… you shoot on film, enlarge, then scan the print into Lightroom? Second, if I want to do this on my enlargement, and I don’t want to use Lightroom, I must dodge the unwanted information out to the extreme, yes? Thank you for your willingness to share your experiments and expertise with us!

  29. O sea hay q tomar la foto un stop menos en cada foto ? Y cada foto tiene q tener contraste o sea una de fondo blanco y el otro normal? Algo haci ? Quiero intentarlo!!

  30. what happens if i take 2 images with plus 1 EV?( The first situation)
    The second situation: 1st photo with plus 1 EV and the last with correct exposure?

  31. thanks for your video bro! i don't like the postproduction, images were fantastic without digital intervent. by the way, great work.

  32. This double exposure effect is really cool, well done! I was inspired to also make my own tutorial but for Filmora! Thanks alot

  33. Qué maravilloso este vídeo! Eres mi elocuente y explicas el concepto muy bien. Me encanta el hecho de que podemos ver exactamente cómo construyes tus imágenes, es muy útil! Muchas gracias por eso 🙂

  34. Great tutorial. I print using chemical processing. I do not use light room or photoshop, instead, I use high filter on enlarger to get it the same effect. I have to try the double exposure using my Mamiya 6 rangefinder camera.

  35. THANK YOU. You broke this down and explained it flawlessly, also amazing work! You've earned my subscription!

  36. U make some beatiful pictures and also great content. Anyway i was little bit dissapointed when i saw that you post-procces in lightroom. Obviously, It does not make the pictures less cool, but it is killing the beauty of film little bit since you literally make it digital by scanning.

  37. so this is the 3rd video of you i stumble upon while searching for analog techniques and cam reviews. now you got the sub. keep up the great work! now i want to watch the video.

  38. Man, long subscribed to your channel and love your videos. I accidentally decided to review a video about multi-exposure. I noticed the Asuka statuette on your bookshelf. I was pleasantly surprised by this. Hope Google Translate correctly conveyed the meaning of my words. Thank you!

  39. You made it so easy to understand!! Thank you, i will wait until i'm more advanced (am on my first roll) to try double exposure, it looks so cute!

  40. This was a great tutorial thank you so much 😊 one question though, do you treat the color images the same as the black and white to clean them up (taking out the gray)?

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