Back in the day of film photography, the photographer had to take a picture and then roll back the film to take two shots on one frame. The concept is still the same with digital. But instead of being surprised what you get weeks later, you can see your image almost immediately.
The trick to a good double exposure is have two contrasting images collide together in the same frame.
This is a picture of my husband looking away and a tree up in the sky.
This is my son with a tree up in the overcast sky. I really like this one because the sky was so white, it isolates my son's face.
It does take several tries to get the image that you are happy with. Especially when you are shooting outdoors with weird lighting. It's very easy to mess up! But thank God for digital!
Here is an example of a not-so good image. You can't really see what is going on- it just looks like a big mess.
Here is another example of me not doing the best job. I took a picture of leaves and then I took a picture of the sky. It was must too busy!
In contrast, this is a better example where I took a picture of a tree line against the blue sky and then I just turned my camera upside down to get the reverse effect.
How do you do this? Most DSLR's (especially the upper level one's) are equipped with a feature that is "double exposure." You simply push the button and then take two pictures at the same time. Your camera might have it in a different place than my Nikon. Here is a video to help you get started or this one:
This image below is a better example of where I found a leaf sticking out into the sun and the trees coming in the back. I love the effect.
Looking up is a really big thing that I always doing when I am shooting a double exposure. I look up because usually the sky is simple and one color.
I looked up to the trees and then then I looked down to my son's face. I love how his face is coming through the leaves.
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