Double Exposure

Double Exposures

Double exposures started way back with film cameras. A photographer would underexpose their image. Take a shot, and then not advance their film and take another shot. This nifty little trick would ghost two images together in one negative! What goes around comes around. Double exposures are popular again. Digitally you can do it in camera, or in Photoshop. I’ve never dipped my toes into it yet so here we go. I used this image of Ashley. I took this up when we were in Canada. It was so windy her long hair way going everywhere!

I watched a bunch of tutorials on YouTube (the best one I could find was this one: Click Here)  and found that most double exposures are of a portrait mixed with a landscape. Finding two images that go together I think is the hardest part. Editing wise it is a very simple process. You have each image on a layer, With the top image being the landscape, you just change your blending mode from Normal to Screen. Then you can adjust the curves for each layer or overall. This was my first attempt of like 7.

 really didn’t like how busy the background was and you couldn’t even tell really what  the image was anymore. So then I tried some shallow depth landscape photos, those had too little of detail that it basically just looked like I changed the colors on the portrait.

I tried this sunset image I took of the Tetons. I took the image with bracketing, combined it and didn’t really like it. The clouds gave a weird shadow on the Tetons and the trees were a gross yellow color. So it sat on my desktop for awhile. I’m glad I kept it though because it was the perfect image for a double exposure!

I turned the portrait black and white to show off the amazing colors in the sky. I’m happy with this result but am still interesting in how to pick a better  landscape image. If you have any tips or suggestions, leave a comment below!


Draper, Utah