How to create a Double Exposure in camera or in Photoshop

multiple exposure photography

 

I was so inspired by Courtney Bowles’ wonderful double exposure shot (a technique that we all obviously were racing to learn about!)  Since last week, I’ve seen numerous multiple exposure shots – all SO cool!

So, I wanted to try my hand at it too.  I shoot with a nikon d5200 and did see with a quick google search that this was a feature on my camera model.  I went to my shooting menu and turned it on.

When you turn on the multiple exposure mode in the nikon d5200, you only get two shots – that’s it.  The first shot will overlay the second shot.  If you’d like to continue shooting multiple exposures, you need to go back into the shooting menu and turn it on again.

So, that’s the tough thing for me…. I hardly EVAH get it right in camera.  My SOOC’s are nothing to write home about.  Yes, I am one of THOSE people that rely on Lr and Photoshop to get my butt out of a bind.  Being restricted to only two shots – both that had to be perfect, is a bit too limiting for me.


Remember the new Instagram Hub @TheCandidClass is featuring Bokeh pictures this week!  Go out and try a new technique and hashtag your pictures #tcc_celebrations and #tcc_firsts.  You can catch my interview with the creators and mods of @TheCandidClass here: Mod Spotlight – New Instagram Hub @TheCandidClass.


Anyway – I had my kids shoot a video of me trying this technique.  It’s awful.  And hilarious. But you’ll see what I did.  Then, I created another video of my screen in Lightroom and Photoshop as I decided I preferred a different picture and wanted to figure out how to do a double exposure in Photoshop instead.

So, here’s the shooting video…please forgive.  This is not my shining moment here…

And here’s the editing video – I show you the resulting images from my attempt at double exposures in camera.  I also show you how I created a better double exposure using Photoshop instead.  (Bonus: How to get Sharpening and Luminance to play nicely with eachother!)

Hope you enjoyed it and learned something new!  Definitely give it a try.  Let me know in the comments below if you have any tips or questions.

Thanks!

Amanda


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