How To Create A Double Exposure Image?
Updated: Jun 6, 2022
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.
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.