View Full Version : Tutorial: Multiple Exposures regardelss of camera system

Fabs Forns
10-23-2009, 10:31 PM
As many of you know, I have been doing multiple exposures, a feature of many Nikon cameras.
There is a way, though, to do is with software, and I'll explain it here.

If your camera is capable of doing this, all you have to do is set it up, keep Auto gain on, in case you do a different number of EXP other than what the camera was programmed to and EXP will be adjusted automatically. Remember that you need to do set the camera for multiples EVERY TIME you do it.
You can just move the camera in very small increments following the subjects shape (ex: up and down for trees), I am talking like half an inch movement. Get an aperture that would grant a sharp capture.

For users of systems that do not allow multiple exposures, you can take the same 6 or 8 images, with the bit of movement and place them as layers this way:
First/background layer: 100% opacity, of course.
Second layer: (100 divided by 2) 50% opacity
Third layer (100 divided by 3) 33% opacity and so forth.
Change the blending mode of the last two layers to Overlay.

If your multiple does not have zooming images or rotation you can capture it wider and use only one image, using the moving tool on the layers to create misalignment, and crop the borders to get rid of the lines.

You can do multiples using a different focal length of the zoom or rotating an object to create a swirl. For thee effects you will need to do the 6 or 8 captures.

This is a short version of the tutorial explained by Tony Sweet, who got it from our friend and PS guru Ellen Anon.

For more on this techniques an others, see Tony's book:
"Fine Art Digital Nature Photography
Tips, Techniques, and Creative Options" , available at TonySweet.com

denise ippolito
10-23-2009, 10:41 PM
Stunning image Fabs-The snow and the multiple layers make it special. Thankyou for sharing your technique and the book,which I have thanks to your tip. It really is a great book.

Paul Lagasi
10-23-2009, 11:15 PM
Thanks Fabs...been seeing these images of yours, which are lovely...can't wait to try it..

Patti Edens
10-23-2009, 11:51 PM
Thanks so much. I was afraid I had missed your tutorial. I love your multiple images and can't wait to try one.


Jackie Schuknecht
10-24-2009, 10:19 AM
Thanks Fabs, looks like fun.

10-24-2009, 10:37 AM
Thank you Fabs,
Nice picture. I have to go and try it now.
Lets see on my D200 that is
Shooting Menu
Multiple Exposure
Set the number of exposures
Auto gain on
Select Multiple Exposure on
hit OK (enter) (Don't forget this, like I did the first two times I tried, or it isn't in multiple exposure mode)
Take pictures

Julie Kenward
10-24-2009, 06:36 PM
What a neat idea and I so appreciate you giving us the skinny on how to do this when our camera doesn't have this option. I'm going to have to give it a try now!

Patti Edens
12-21-2009, 09:39 AM
Tony Sweet and Uwe Steinmueller have a CS4 script that will combine the mulitple images for Canon users.

The free download for the script is here (near the bottom of the page)
http://handbook.outbackphoto.com/sec...ers/index.html (http://handbook.outbackphoto.com/section_photo_tuning_filters/index.html)

I just dowloaded and tried the script. It works on my PC. The script stacks the images and changes the opacity of the layers. It doesn't change the blend modes. I guess that is because choosing the blend mode for the layers is something that you just have to play with until you get it as you like it.

Fabs Forns
12-21-2009, 02:42 PM
Hey Patti, that is great, thanks!