Digital Photography - Multiple Exposures

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A camera with a facility for multiple exposures - that is, taking more than one picture on the same piece of film -allows unusual images and in the right hands can give stunning effects.

When planning a multiple image shot it is important to remember that light subjects will show up on dark areas. Try to frame the subjects so that a dark area is placed where a subsequent image will have a light subject, or vice-versa. Images with large amounts of light areas are not suitable for multiple exposures. For instance, a great area of sky in one image will more or less obliterate anything else that appears in that part of the picture. As with any new technique, practice is necessary.

A range of screens is available for many SLR cameras. A grid screen is best for multiple image shots. It is marked with a grid of vertical and horizontal lines which allows exact positioning of each image. The screen fits under the pentaprism on top of the camera. Release this, take out the existing screen, drop in the new one and put back the prism.

Multiple exposures without special facilities

This can be done on many ordinary SLR cameras. It needs some practice to get it right. To take three pictures on one frame, take the first picture in the normal way. Turn the film rewind crank as though rewinding the film back into the cassette, but do not press the rewind button. When the slack in the film has been taken up, then press the rewind button. Turn the rewind crank 1 1/2 turns and release the rewind button. Take the next picture and repeat the process. Next take the third picture and then advance the film in the normal way.

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