Multiple Exposure

Weather Forecast Hanoi this morning:


13 °C

Mostly Cloudy

Wind: N at 10 km/h

Humidity: 77%


That’s what it was and you know what – the sky has been 18% grey, grey, grey


Having planned a photo walk with some friends we got out to some flower fields around Hanoi. Eventually the color of the flowers would lift our creative spirits and it wouldn’t bee only a bleak day.


And it has been a creative push for me apart from getting some nice images with flowers, girls and some other things. I was reminded that my camera has a multiple exposure function, which I didn’t use for a long time. To use this effectively there are certainly better environments and a need of different gear – a tripod for example and mostly done better on a dark background. But nevertheless I gave it a handheld try and as I wanted to get a ghosting like effect I am satisfied with the outcome.

But may be not everyone knows about “Multiple exposure”.

What is it? It is the ability of getting multiple exposures (more than one picture) on one single frame. This means you are going to photograph the same subject at varying exposures and thereafter merging the exposures to result in hopefully a creative piece of art.

With this technique you can render dynamic, dreamy as well as nostalgic moods to the scene. If you want to get started with multiple exposure photography you have to have a camera which is capable to do this – obvious – and to read your manual, but the main steps should be like the following:

Turn On Multiple Exposure Option

Most of the DSLRs offer the option for multiple exposures. Read through the user manual to find out if your camera offers the multiple exposure control. Turn on the multiple exposures and set the number of shots to create your desired effect. The maximum number of possible shots varies from camera to camera.

If possible try first the Auto Gain Exposure before getting into manual settings

If your camera doesn’t allow you to set the gain of each shot, carefully set the exposure for each shot that you take. This is crucial in getting the desired effect. Multiple Exposure technique requires you to deliberately overexpose and underexpose the consecutive shots so that each shot in the final image stands out with distinct identity.

Experiment with different approaches with your exposures.  You can use various effects by creatively stacking varying motion pictures on top of each other or zooming in and out of the scene between shots, as well as using a panning effect, and so on.

The three following images were done handheld in camera. My idea has been to take a dreamy kind of ghostly multiple exposure pictures. A friend willing to and off it went.

I framed her there in a few poses, trying to imagine what the two exposures would look like when put together in one frame.

As said it works better with a dark background at least if you don't want a look through your subject. Otherwise it can give a cool ghost effect, like on the following pictures.

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