A double exposure is where two photographs are put onto the same frame of film by not advancing the film after one picture is taken. Create double exposures with tips from an experienced photographer in this free video on creative photography.
Expert: Franc Anderson
Bio: Franc Anderson is a Northern Irish photographer who has been living and working in Budapest for the last 11 years.
Filmmaker: Paul (Leopold) Volniansky
hi everybody I'm Frank Anderson I'd like to tell you how to make a double exposure on a camera that uses film a double exposure is where two photographs are put onto the same frame of film first of all the first photograph is made as normal then the shutter is warned on without advancing the film and a second exposure is made putting the second picture superimposed upon the first this requires a lot of experimentation trial and error but as a guide think very carefully about the pictures before you begin and try to imagine the final result so for example if you want to put a cat into a glass you photograph the glass and then you photograph the cat the trick is to reposition the cat so it looks like it was in the glass this is not so easy with a live animal it's a lot easier with still-life subjects but it's fun to try and it really is worthwhile when you get a good result with a film camera normally after you take a photograph and you wind on this action the shutter and also advances the film inside when you want to make a double exposure you want to the shutter but you don't want to move the film so what the second picture is put on top of the first I can show you how to do this very simply let's open the camera up there is no film in this camera so let's open the camera up normally the film is stretched across the back of the camera and the film is driven by these sprockets here so that when I the shutter sprockets advance the film I can stop the film advance happening by simply holding in the film rewind button this disconnects the sprockets from the wind on and so now I watch when I the shutter this sprocket doesn't move and the film stays still so now when I press the shutter again the second picture is made on top of the first it's really that simple all you have to do is make the first picture hold the button at the bottom and the shutter the film hasn't moved and when I make the second picture it will be on top of the first easy.all manual cameras have a button on the bottom for rewind all you have to do is remember to hold it in of course this is made a lot simpler if the cameras are on a tripod then the frame doesn't move and you know exactly where the original picture was taken this doesn't apply to digital cameras because the digital cameras the same superimposition of two frames can be done in software and there's no need to have a facility on a digital camera to be able to do this it doesn't you still