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Double Exposure in Photography (a How-To)

The GHS Photo Club brings to you an introduction to both film and digital, double exposure photography.

Hello, Geneva!

This will the first of our many blogs that will explain specific techniques that are used in photography. Each member of the club will write an entry for a practice they enjoy the most. I, Haley, think that this is a great photographic technique because you can a ghost like, surreal, image from it. I also like this practice because I can combine two images to create one.

Double exposing with film photos

This is doable with almost any film camera. I personally have a very automatic film camera which has a multiple exposure setting. I can expose it as many times as I would like, which sometimes can be a difficult thing due to over exposure. If your camera doesn't have a multiple exposure setting you can also do it, it is just a bit more tricky. You have to take the first image and then use the rewind mechanism to take the second image.

Double exposing with digital photos

Double exposing digital photos is much faster than using film. First you pull up two images on photoshop. Than you you select one entire image using the rectangular marquee tool, copy and paste it ontop of the second image. Now you will not be able to see the bottom image because the opacity is at 100%. In order to get the ghostly double exposed effect you have to bring down the opacity to maybe around 30-40% but it all depends on what you think looks good. Play around with the opacity to get your own desired image.

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