5 multiple exposure photography routines

In the film age,Multiple exposureIt used to be a difficult skill; After entering the digital era,Multiple exposure

The operation difficulty of is greatly reduced, and the more people who play multiple exposure, the more they want.

The so-called multiple exposure, in short, is the superposition of multiple exposure results to form a single picture. You can naturally blend several unrelated images, which are full of magic:



Theoretically, multiple exposure effects can be formed by superimposing any number of pictures with different exposure parameters. However, to make the pictures look good, you have to follow the routine.

Today I want to share with you the five most popular and effective multi exposure play routines. After reading them, please try them~

1. Virtual and real human scene

The most common routine of multiple exposure is to make the characters semi virtual and integrate them into the environment to the maximum extent, so as to create a more beautiful effect.

What’s more, the half empty portrait can cover up the flaws: the acne and pimples on the face are all invisible!

In taking such photos, the real focus is often used to shoot the scene, then the focus is changed, and the virtual focus is used to shoot people, so that the characters become transparent and can “float” on the scene.

At the same time, a certain tone adjustment should be made before each image to form a certain contrast, and the sense of hierarchy between each image should be distinguished by the use of thick and light.

In the same way, you can also superimpose the two scenery films, preferably with different styles, to create a sense of surrealism:

Forest Bridge

When shooting flowers, this technique is often used to create a dreamlike artistic conception:

Theoretically, any two pictures can be composited, but if you want to make the composited result look better, you must pay attention to selecting the “material” for the composition.

At least one picture should be “clean and simple”: people with simple backgrounds should be superimposed on complex scenery, or group photos of many people should be superimposed on a simple and beautiful background.

If the two images involved in the synthesis happen to be complex, the results of the synthesis may be very messy, as follows:

Looks like it’s a little messy

By the way, I almost forgot that we have to say that when synthesizing people and scenery, we should pay attention to their relative positions to avoid some embarrassing visual effects.

Let’s take a negative example:

Uncle has a big chimney in his nostrils, and he is intoxicated. How embarrassed he is! Of course, if this photo is specially designed to be funny, it is another matter.

2. Separate body and skill

The last method is to use different scenes to compose, while the next method is to use photos of the same scene to compose.

Fix the camera with a tripod, take a good picture of the landscape structure, and then let people constantly change their positions. The final picture will be like this:

If you are patient, you can also increase the number of “avatars”, so that the screen is full of the same person.

However, in actual operation, the effect of “super multiple avatars” shown in the figure below is difficult to be realized directly, and must be handled by later software or apps.

As the picture is the superposition of multiple exposure results, the repeated part (i.e. the background) in the picture often becomes very bright. The more “avatars”, the more obvious this problem is.

3. Night photography

The multi exposure technique is also very important in the night scene photography.

The lights are beautiful at night, but the sky is dark; The sky at dusk is beautiful, but the lights haven’t been turned on yet. With double exposure, you can give both.

First, take a picture of the bright sky at sunset and the dark silhouetted ground; Take another picture of the gorgeous lights and dark night sky at night, and then put them together!

Another application of multi exposure in night scenes is to add a shot effect to the screen. The operation is also very simple. Take a normal night scene, and then take a special shot of the loose scene. Overlay. OK~

With multiple exposures, you can add a shot anywhere in the picture

4. Astronomical themes

Many people go to take pictures of the moon around the Mid Autumn Festival. If you shoot the moon with ordinary techniques, you will encounter a dilemma.

When shooting with telephoto, there is only one big moon in the picture, and the other parts are dark night sky, which is a bit boring; When shooting the big night scene with wide angle, the moon is too small to feel.

However, if double exposure is used to shoot the moon at the telephoto end, and then the night scene is shot at the wide-angle end, and then combined, the effect of “ground scene+big moon” can be shot:

Of course, you can also take the moon out of the dark night sky and put it into another picture by using the method of cutting out the pictures. You can use whichever method you think is simple and convenient.

In the same way, when shooting other astronomical subjects, such as stars and orbits, you can also use this method to add some normally exposed and beautiful prospects to the screen.

5. Dynamic Shadow

When shooting sports and competitive themes, we can use multiple exposures to shoot such an effect: a sports person is dragging a string of “residual images”, which is very dynamic.

This subject requires a high camera, at least with high-speed shutter, high-speed continuous shooting and strong focusing ability.

If your camera is not strong enough to capture high-speed moving objects, slow down.

For example, find a dark background (or create a dark background by pressing the flash light), move slowly, and create a single version of “Thousand Hand Guanyin”:

More interesting ways to play are waiting for you to try and explore. Pick up your camera and let your brain hole fly!