Multiple Exposure Shooting

Shooting multiple exposures can leave an image with a really cook effect; the look of having something with texture overlaying the original shot. This is done when photographers lay tree branches or lace or landscapes over portraits or other images. Multiple exposure shots are often produced in post shooting production, using software like photoshop or the equivalent of, but if the settings can be changed in your DSLR, it can be done in camera.

To put your camera in this mode to shoot multiple exposures, follow these steps:

“Switch your camera to Manual mode, select Multiple Exposure in the Shooting menu and pick ‘2 shots’. Select Auto Gain, which will allow your camera to average out the exposure of each shot by itself, so that they work together when they’re blended. Click ON. You can layer up any two subjects you like, as long as you take the shots consecutively.”


It’s also important to change your camera settings so that the exposure can adjust itself, that way the photos lay over top of each other equally. That way the final product has balance, and less editing needs to be done post production.

However if you choose to do the shooting and layering in separate processes, programs like photoshop can do just that. In today’s technology, there are so many options to play around with that can drastically, or subtly change the way an audience views a photo.


Multiple exposure shots are very interesting, and can create drastic affects, such as taking monuments and mixing them into the same location, or more subtle enhancements like making a sky shot full of dark and ominous clouds. This is a cool techniques to play around with, and can be really fun depending on how you use it.






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