First off, what is a double exposure?
From Wikipedia: In photography and cinematography, a multiple exposure is the superimposition of two or more exposures to create a single image, and double exposure has a corresponding meaning in respect of two images. The exposure values may or may not be identical to each other.
What I love and don’t love about double exposures is that the final photo is a surprise! Sometimes the photo turns out as planned but more times than not it won’t, but that’s the exciting part! Just try to have fun with it and enjoy the result, even if it’s not ‘perfect’.
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Tips before you start:
- Make sure the flash is always off, and try not to take either photo in a place that is too bright (this will give you better results).
- The second photo you take is most likely going to show through most on the darker parts of the first photo. Think about contrast and shadows for the first photo.
- The camera has a 5-minute auto shutoff feature, so make sure to snap your double exposure in time.
- Remember that the viewfinder is only an approximation of what the final image will be.
- Try to have an idea of what you want your final image to look like, even if it doesn’t end up perfect, it’s easier to have a plan going into it.
I found the easiest kind of double exposure to take with the FUJIFILM instax SQUARE® SQ-6 instant camera was a silhouette of something and then some kind of texture or pattern, like flowers or a brick wall. You can try your first silhouette by holding your palm to the sky and shooting that and then your pattern of choice. My favorite one here was using a big elephant ear plant as my second patterned photo. I also tried it with a silhouette of one of my cats and a bougainvillea bush right outside. Another way to use it is with trees, I shot a palm tree looking up at it for the first shot and then a brick wall, I love the contrast of nature paired with industrial imagery. For this last one, I shot windows that were bright but around them was silhouetted and then a cityscape shot sideways, I love how this one turned out.
Take your selfie game to the next level. For this style the little mirror on the front of the FUJIFILM instax SQUARE® SQ-6 instant camera comes in handy. I took a selfie looking at the camera for my first shot, then I stepped to one side and took another with my eyes closed. The result was this trippy ghost like selfie. This type of double exposure would be fun way to update your social media headshot.
For this one, I used letters that go to a lightbox I have, You could also cut out letters from paper. Keep in mind that you will want a contrast when you are shooting the letters. Mine were black, so I laid them on a white sheet of paper. You could also use white letters on a black sheet of paper. And then for the second shot, I stepped outside and shot the sky. *If you don’t want the paper to be noticeable in the photo I would use a poster size, I just used a piece of printer paper here and still like how it turned out.
You can create really fun and interesting shots just by taking a photo of your subject for the first one and then flipping the camera upside down and taking a photo of the same subject. Here I shot some trees with the corner of a building in it. For this style, it turns out best if you leave some negative space in between the shots. For this one, my negative space was the sky.
There is SO much you can do with this one, and it’s so easy. Choose your sign first and then a pattern type shot for the second. I chose a stop sign for my first photo and then a flower bush for my second, again, I love mixing nature and industrial, I live in a big downtown area so these are things that are inspiring to me. Find what inspires you and go for it!
I also wanted to include some of the photos that didn’t turn out quite like I planned or wanted but that I’m still really happy with to show you that even when things don’t go as planned, you can still produce a beautiful image. Have FUN with it!
Choose however many you want to display proudly and frame them (or use one of the DIY display options I mentioned). I love displaying them in a floating glass frame, I think they stand out more and it makes it easy to swap them out anytime you want to change it up.
Nik is a maker, day dreamer & potty mouth who loves cats, coffee and craft beer. She is a self taught hand embroiderer and will DIY pretty much anything she can get her hands on. You can see her work on Instagram @wastingthyme & @nikvphotography. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and her three awesome cats (that she can’t shut up about).