Tips for Creating Double Exposure Photography

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There will be times when your scenes don’t have that wow factor. This is where double exposure photography can help. It is a creative way to make your photography and your scene more interesting.

These have inspired me to look at my photos from a new perspective.

What Is Double Exposure Photography?

Double exposure photography refers to merging multiple images. The goal is to make them surreal, emotional, or humorous. They usually feature silhouettes.

The double exposure effect may look complicated at first. But it’s easy to make in-camera. You don’t need a double exposure camera, as there are a few other ways you can create them.

In the editing world, you have endless possibilities. You can transform ordinary photographs into powerful masterpieces.

Using the Tilt-Shift Effect (No Extra Equipment Needed!)

You don’t need to invest in a tilt-shift lens to achieve this effect. If you want to be extra creative, blur one of your photos instead of the entire image. Or blur everything except for one important detail.

Create a Fake Reflection

There are many ways you can create reflections. One of them is creating a double-exposure with the help of a separate window photo.

Take photos of different reflections. Merge them with photos of people, animals, or simple objects. This will create moody – often abstract – photos that will add a spark to your portfolio.

I love photos of surfaces with raindrops and bokeh, as you can see. They help to add interesting textures to my multiple exposure photography.

Create a Double Exposure Diptych

Diptychs are photo collages made of two separate images. These are a dream come true for those who love artistic photography.

You can take these collages to the next level with the help of double exposures.

If you have two double exposures you’re happy with, see if they complement each other. If they do, place them side by side to create a double exposure diptych. Two, in this case, is much better than one.

This is a great way to show off those multiple exposure photos.

Experiment With Simple Portraits and Detailed Textures

If you don’t know what to do with a simple portrait, merge it with a photo of detailed textures. Sand, raindrops, rocks, wood, etc., are ideal for this.

Combining something plain with something complicated will give you a balanced result. It will also save a lot of simple photos that you might discard.

I have saved hundreds of photos to experience. Those spontaneous creations are some of my most popular double exposure effects.

Combine Two Things That Mean a Lot to You

Nothing has as much impact as an image of something meaningful. For example, nature is something I care about.
My love for biology and the world inspires me to work with details that reflect these passions. Because of this, I often include nature in my double-exposure images.