Double exposure tips


Double exposure

Step 1 – Shoot your silhouette. Try photographing it against a clear sky or a white studio backdrop. If you are outdoors, use a low camera angle to get a clean white background.

Step 2 – Find your background texture. Photograph a colourful or textured background that will work well with the silhouette. Take your time trying to find the perfect combination.

Step 3 – Prepare your camera. When you’ve found the texture to place within the silhouetted figure, select your multi-exposure setting and switch your camera to live view. Find and select your silhouette photograph on the memory card. It will be displayed on the LCD screen.

Step 4 – Line up the images. When the silhouette displayed on your camera’s LCD screen, aim your lens at the textured subject. The texture you have found will appear within the black silhouette. Adjust the camera angle, zoom, and exposure settings in order to create the textured overlay you are looking for and shoot!

Your camera will automatically merge the two.


A few things to remember:

  1. Aligning the images is easier when you work in live view mode.
  2. Avoid overexposure, which can flare the outline of your sil­houetted subject, and compose against a pure white background for a perfect fill.
  3. Take your time to find the right fill for your double-exposed silhouette – if your camera allows, you don’t need to make the two shots at the same time. Save one to your memory card until you find its complement.