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How To Create A Double Exposure Image?

Updated: Jun 6

Double exposure is a technique that combines two different exposures or images that are layered on top of each other. The image overlaid is less than full opacity so a bit of both images can be seen producing an almost ghost-like image.





What do you need?

A subject in front of a white background and then a still image or video that will be overlaid on the subject. Don’t have a white background, learn a quick lighting trick that demands only sunlight to get that white background.




Tip:

  • Try first using a plain white or at least neutral, background.

  • Pick and capture your base photo. This can be a still object, a landscape, a body part, whatever! Darker subjects are best to shoot first. Lighter scenes are often shot second, because lighter images as a base can create a blown out image, which leads to my next point.



Here’s how to do it:

  • Underexpose your subject so you can avoid overexposing the entire shot later.

  • The second layer can be harder to shoot than the base. While you may want to choose a lighter image, understanding contrast that complements will be key to producing visuals with the best results.

  • The images themselves aren’t the only unique aspect. Merge the two photos in inventive ways. Rather than layer a photo on top of the entire area of the other, try layering it over just one area.

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