Shooting Challenge: Double Exposure

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You take a photo. But without advancing the film, you take another. Double exposure is a classic insta-art technique in the film world, but the results are possible to simulate in digital as well.


The Challenge

For this week's Shooting Challenge, use film or digital to execute or simulate multiple exposure of a single frame. The minimum exposures is two. The max? Unlimited.

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The Example

That's a photo I took with a Blackbird Fly (super fun but shamefully fragile Twin Lens Reflex camera) at The Cell (White Sox park). I had to truncate it for the lead, but you I've pasted the whole film reel so you can get an idea of the many layers, and how these exposures interacted.

The Technique

On manual film, especially with the recent rise of toy cams, double exposures are incredibly simple. You just take two or more photos without advancing to the next frame.


In digital? Unless you've hacked your dslr with some custom firmware, your best bet is probably taking a photo and, through the magic of post production, layering another photo on top of it at 75% or lower opacity. You lose the spontaneity and the surprise, but then again, your final product has the massive advantage of control and preplanning.


1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, February 14th at 8AM Eastern to with "Double" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameDouble.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameDoubleWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

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Mark, are nudes allowed? (serious question).