3.28.2012

double exposure photography

There is something wonderfully magic about double exposures. Scenes that may be ordinary on their own take on an almost dream-like quality, when put together. I am smitten by their whimsicality and delicateness. Typically achieved with a film camera, double exposures consist of taking two photos on the same piece of film. But in case you don't have access to a film camera, here's a quick tutorial to get the same effect digitally.



what you'll need

-a photo editing program such as photoshop or gimp
-two photos that you want to paste together. (it's helpful if they're the same size)

step one

Starting with a blank slate, open up the first photo in your program.

step two

Open up the second photo as an additional layer, then adjust the opacity to your liking.

step three

Save your new double exposure, and that's it! Once you get the hang of it, it literally takes thirty seconds...honestly, the hardest part for me is selecting the photos I want to use.



Have fun!

much love,
carlotta

33 comments:

  1. I've totally done this before, and you're right--the hardest part is choosing two photos to put together. Ahh, and someday I want to try this with a film camera.

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  2. THANK YOU!!! i have been looking for simple instructions for so long and you have finally ended my search :D

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  3. Thank you for this lovely double exposure photography tutorial, Carlotta! I always wondered how to do it.

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  4. yay! i'm so doing this.
    -jocee <3

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  5. This is so beautiful. But I could never do it. Haha, I'm technically handicapped in every way. Hence why I'll never be a decent photographer.
    le sigh.
    BUT BEAUTIFUL NEVERTHELESS.

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  6. I've experimented with this a bit lately and have to say I love it! It's a fun way to change things up.

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  7. I finally figured this out after your post on your personal blog! Looooove the effect! And these double exposures on here are amazing! I love the second and third ones!

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  8. ooh, i love that second shot♥

    xoxo,
    Jessica @ Diary of a Beautiful Soul

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  9. Love love love!!! Double exposure can be so emotional and effective...just like most things...two pics are better than one :D

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  10. I can't wait to try it!
    Beautiful photos, Carlotta!

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    1. Did it and now I am addicted! Thanks so much for the tutorial! :)

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  11. Those are beautiful, Carlotta! I love doing this, and always forget how beautiful it looks. :)

    hugs,
    ~bree

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  12. such beautiful pictures!! I just had a blast making all of my pictures double exposures :) so fun :)

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  13. I've wondered how to do that! Thank you. I use pixlr, though(Because it's free... haha). Do you know if it would still work?
    Beautiful pictures, by the way. :)

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    1. I'm not familiar with pixlr, but as long as you can layer photos and adjust opacity, you're good to go.

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  14. so pretty! setting the second photo on top to screen, overlay, or soft light usually gives it a great effect too!

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  15. THANK YOU! I've been wondering how to do this since I saw your post on double exposures! Do you know how to do this with a film camera? I'd love to try! :D

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  16. double exposures are SO amazing! yours are great :)

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  17. The first is so beautiful Carlotta! I've been fortunate enough to have a techy brother show me how to do this, but the tutorial was very well explained! I'll definitely be using it as an example when asked how to do this. (:

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  18. Ooh! Thank you! Been wondering how to do this. :)

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  19. Quite lovely! I must try this. :) I do love the third one.

    Abbie /// XOXOX

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  20. thank you thank you thank you!
    i will most definitely be trying this out!!
    you're awesome!!

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  21. love this! I've been experimenting with double exposures for a bit, and the way two pictures can tell a story together is absolutely perfect :) xxx.

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  22. That is really amazing! And finding two pics to go together is THE HARDEST EVER! Really awesome, though!

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  23. I've been having so much fun creating double exposures! Here's a post with a few of mine: http://jessicaruthimaging.blogspot.com/2012/03/double-exposures.html. :D

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  24. That's so cool.

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