There are a lot of reasons why I love shooting film, but one of the biggest reasons is the ability to make double exposures.
It really feels like painting with film, where you can come away with something 100% unique.
Want to learn how? Let’s jump in.
Metering for Double Exposures
There are a lot of people who suggest underexposing by a half to a full stop when shooting double exposures. However, I don’t like the muddy shadows that come along with underexposing, so I shoot my film the same way I always do.
This typically includes some overexposure so I can keep those shadows looking nice and the colors popping. Try out both to see what you like best!
Not All Cameras Have a Multiple Exposure Setting
It’s a sad reality, but some cameras don’t have a multiple exposure setting.
Most rangefinders as well as TLRs require you to advance to the next frame which doesn’t allow for the fun of layering different images together.
However, many 35mm cameras and most 645 cameras do, so if you’re not sure if you’ve hit the jackpot or not, check your camera’s manual to find out.
Melese Miller is currently accepting clients for mentorships, and is always talking film & sharing tips and tricks on her IG account. If you’re looking to up your game and take your film to the next level, you can check out her film tips or book a mentorship here: https://www.melesemiller.com/mentorships
Thank you so much, Melese! You can find more of Melese’s work on her website and Instagram.
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