Trick Photography – Faux-Multiple Exposures

Ever wondered how photographers show multiple instances of people/things in a single photograph? It’s an age-old photography trick made easier with the recent advancements in digital imaging and tools like Adobe Photoshop. Here’s a primer that will get you started right away.
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You will need:
  • A tripod
  • DSLR Camera (some basic digital cameras may work too)
  • Adobe Photoshop (even 6.0 or 7.0 will work)
  • A subject willing to be your sacrificial goat
Steps:
  1. Make sure the place you are working has a constant amount of light; windows are a definite no-no, esp. in cloudy weather.
  2. Mount your camera on a tripod.
  3. Set your lens such that it allows you to focus manually.
  4. Set the camera to manual mode; set the aperture as well as the shutter speed appropriate for the scene.
  5. Take one image of the background without the subject – let’s call this image A.
  6. Now, take as many images as you want of the subject in different locations (ideally with different dresses).
  7. Once completed, open up a new PSD file in Adobe Photoshop.
  8. As the first (base) layer, import the background image (i.e. image A).
  9. Now, import all the other images.
  10. Using the selection tool, cut out the different variations of the subject on the scene and delete the rest of the image area.
  11. You may have to do some minor brightness/contrast adjustments on the subject but all in all, the effect should be fairly believable; your image is now ready.

Here are a few samples I did; the results could have been cleaner had I invested more time/effort into them, but I suppose I did an OK job.

Enjoy!

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