How To Do A Double Exposure

We all see a lot of these multiple exposure images where a silhouette is filled in with a pattern of some kind, so let’s take a look at how to do a double exposure. The pattern used could be trees or flowers or buildings. They turn out beautiful, right?! You can use this same process in different ways, too.


HOW TO DO A DOUBLE EXPOSURE EASILY? KEEP IT SIMPLE

There is always too much technical talk when it comes to how to do a double exposure, but you can keep it simple. Think “light” and “dark.” That’s all you need to think about.

double exposure of woman

FOR A DOUBLE EXPOSURE, FILL IN THE “DARK” WITH THE LIGHT

When you see ANYTHING that is dark, you can fill it in with light when making a double exposure. It could be a dark wall, or a dark shirt, or a dark building.

double exposure of bride and groom inside rock

When you find your dark object, make that your first exposure. That way, you just have to fill in the dark with your second exposure

UNDEREXPOSE THE “DARK” SHOT JUST A LITTLE

When you are taking your first shot of the dark, make sure to underexpose just a little bit. Maybe half of a stop or so. This just helps make sure that the dark is definitely dark.

 

double exposure bride and groom

This is the simple rule to use if you want to know how to do a double exposure. You are simply filling in the dark of the first exposure with the light of the second exposure.

 

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EXPOSE THE “LIGHT” SHOT FOR THE HIGHLIGHTS

When taking your shot of the light, meter more for the highlights rather than the shadows. This ensures the light of the second shot will be seen very well when combined with the dark of the first shot.

We hope you have found these simple tips on “how to do a double exposure” useful and we can’t wait to see what you create with them in the end!

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