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A Nifty and Thrifty Trick for Shooting Double Exposure Images

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A Nifty and Thrifty Trick for Shooting Double Exposure Images

Double exposure, or multiple exposure, is the superimposition of two or more images to make a single image. If you’ve seen pop art, or perhaps even a hipster music album cover, you’re likely familiar with this technique. Although double exposure has been around since 1890, creating these ghostly-like images generally requires the help of photo editing software. But, a common photo accessory could potentially save you a lot of time and money in achieving this look.

Photographer, Vincent Moschetti, shared his film canister cap double exposure trick using the Vintage LOMO Smena 8M 35mm Soviet Camera, one of his favorite Russian cameras. The camera has a glass lens that is 40mm and opens from F/4 to F/16. While Moschetti admits that is not very fast for a lens, shooting handheld at 1/15th of a second can still produce a decent image. Our real interest, though, is how he uses the camera to shoot double exposures.

“This is possible because the shutter [on the Smena 8M] is independent of the film advance. You can recock the shutter as many times as you want without advancing the film,” he explained on his One Year With Film Only blog. Typically, combining two images into one on this type of camera could be achieved using a camera accessory called a Lomography Diana Splitzer +, but Moschetti was able to configure one for free using a plastic lens canister cap.

“Now you simply have to cover one-half of your lens (horizontal or vertical), expose your film, turn the splitter to cover the other half, recock the shutter without advancing the film and expose again,” Moschetti writes.

If you have a camera with similar specs and a well-fitting film cap laying around, try this method and let us know how it works!