Double Exposure Photography: 50+ Examples and Tutorials

Double Exposure, or Multiple Exposure, is a photographic technique that combines 2 different images into a single image. The technique has been practiced for several years, and it became particularly famous recently, due to the fact that graphic editor like Photoshop can help to create the identical effect.


(Image Source: Elena iPhoneography)

With double exposure technique, you can create certain effect like ghost image, mirror image, or simply merging a bright moon into the dark, lonely sky. The reason of using this technique varies, but they are surely created for same purposes – beauty and uniqueness.

Sounds theoretical? Alright, check out these 50+ photographs and tutorials below to see what double exposure is really capable of. Some of them are even more beautiful than their original form, and some of them are even incredible that might trick you to think there are manipulation works! You heard about two are better than one, and now your eyes will witness the teaching.

Aisles In The Sky. “Some lovely cloud action and a nice vanishing point perspective on the aisle numbers.” (Image Source: Lomo-Cam)

aisles in the sky

Barrier Of Clouds. Garden photography with double exposure technique applied, creating the beauty that can’t be achieved with common technique. (Image Source: Céline R.)

barrier of clouds

Between Heaven And Earth. Double exposure technique applied to overlap the sky and the sea, what a heavenly scene. (Image Source: Isvibilsky)

between heaven and earth

Brad Jeff Fight. “We ended up there because we wanted to sit down and eat our chips and I needed light to make this picture because if I used flash it would’ve made it much more difficult with the shadows.” (Image Source: foryoutoknowtice)

brad jeff fight

Construction. Great combination that brings out more beauty, two are better than one! (Image Source: VEM / VAS)

construction

English x Name. Nice blending of photos and colors, gorgeous shot! (Image Source: theCarol)

english x name

Factory In The Sky. Great angle with perfect combination, hodachrome knows how to do double exposure photography very well. (Image Source: hodachrome)

factory in the sky

Feelin Dizzy. Another example of how double exposure can emphasizes the feeling of the photo, pretty calm and chilling one. (Image Source: hodachrome)

feeling dizzy

Ferndale Cemetery. Gate of cemetery or gate of hell? Really cool work with redscale technique applied. (Image Source: shoegazer)

ferndale cemetery

Gather My Strength. “I have wanted to do some Francis Bacon inspired photos. They’re strange, dark, captivating, slightly uncomfortable, and probably done to death. Uploading this makes me a little uncomfortable as I don’t have the most photogenic body or anything like that. Face is adequately smooshed and melted though.” (Image Source: beast love)

gather my strength

Gueishan. Peaceful feeling can also be achieved by double exposure photography, breezing shot. (Image Source: Blowing Puffer Fish)

gueishan

Hideaway Hands. Done without Photoshop, Dan Mountford is probably the genius who extended double exposure photography to become a new branch of art. (Image Source: •DΛN MOUNTFORD•)

hideaway hands

I Love You. Magnificent piece that really showcases the specific effect that double exposure photography can achieve, I love this one! (Image Source: Experiment of the nature)

i love you

In Her Course. Thomas Barbèy is the genius who can combine 2 common photos into an absolutely unique art piece. I just know that Statue of Liberty is built on tree! (Image Source: Thomas Barbèy)

in her course

Mirrored Downtown. “Took this shot from the pedestrian bridge and then flipped it. I love how the sky looks like it is reflected in the water.” (Image Source: Lomo-Cam)

mirrored downtown

Oh Sheet!. Are they skiing on ice or sheet? I don’t know, but this piece is epic. (Image Source: Thomas Barbèy)

oh sheet

Old Man Texted. “Texas State Cemetery. Some text from a speech by Roosevelt on a tomb and a statue of a saint.” (Image Source: Lomo-Cam)

old man texted

Pandora. Absolutely stunning piece with spooky effect. Hauntingly beautiful. (Image Source: TommyOshima)

pandora

Pathway // Ladders. Very hard to believe this unique work was not created using Photoshop except the color adjustment, it’s just too cool. (Image Source: •DΛN MOUNTFORD•)

pathway // ladders

Piano Peace. I call this epic. Really wondering how to achieve this without Photoshop editing, especially the part of the Zebras’ lines matching the piano’s black bars. (Image Source: Thomas Barbèy)

piano-peace

Power Mix. More power with double exposure! Well-formed piece. (Image Source: hodachrome)

power mix

Power Station In The Sky. Perfect combination with perfect colors, I will not be surprised if this piece gets any award. (Image Source: hodachrome)

power station in-the sky

Rainy Night. It’s rainy night in the Finlay drive. It’s an elegant night. (Image Source: radofankaras)

rainy night

Ratz. Great attempt and idea on double exposure photography, very inspiring one. (Image Source: extravaganciaincluida)

ratz

Ribbed Sky. “Because I can’t stop doing textured sky shots! The highway underpass and the lovely cloud ridden sky.” (Image Source: Lomo-Cam)

ribbed sky

Roller Coaster. “This is cool – the double exposure gives it a great vibrancy” – m+b (Image Source: benman31)

roller coaster

Scenic Detour. Renaissance of double exposure photography probably starts from this fantastic work. (Image Source: Thomas Barbèy)

scenic detour

Sittin’ Tall. “No flash on the Lincoln exposure. Colorsplash orange on the second exposure. Another double exposure wonderment. It makes the pictures so much more important to me when I think about the accidental magic.” (Image Source: Lomo-Cam)

sittin tall

Standing In The Cloud Parking Lot. “I was standing outside Shanghai Dim Sum, waiting for them to open. The recent drizzle made the parking lot extra dark and Ivan’s feet were just right. The sky was clearing up and I saw the chance for a soft double.” (Image Source: Lomo-Cam)

standing in the cloud parking lot

Sunbathing. A peaceful walk under the water? Where will be the couple heading? Again a beautiful, thoughtful double exposure photography done by Thomas Barbèy. (Image Source: Thomas Barbèy)

sunbathing

Sun Stroke. Tennis on the sky! Double exposure photography has no limitation! (Image Source: Thomas Barbèy)

sun stroke

And The Living Is Easy. Beyond wonderful, simply speechless on this one. (Image Source: Elena iPhoneography)

and the living is easy

The Gates Of Hell. What will the city looks like if we are in doomsday? Double exposure photography can help you imagine it. (Image Source: captainbonobo)

the gates of hell

Tree Map. What a glamorous shot, probably an underrated piece! (Image Source: Lomo-Cam)

tree map

Turn Your Head To The Right. Several elements were mixed into the photo, yet it feels so natural. Truly professional piece, no doubt. (Image Source: •DΛN MOUNTFORD•)

turn your head to the right

Vector. Photos created in camera + Color edited in Photoshop + Vector overlayed in illustrator = Insanely cool work. (Image Source: •DΛN MOUNTFORD•)

vector

Windows. The great part of double exposure photography is it’s mostly about random, see how beautiful a work can achieve even with random composition. So, relax yourself and just have fun with randomness! (Image Source: benman31)

windows

Double Exposure Photo Tutorial

Multiple Exposure Tutorial. Very detailed tutorial which splits into 3 major parts – stacking nighttime images, stacking daytime images, and enhancing nighttime photos. A must-read for any photographer who’s willing to learn multiple exposure technique.

multiple exposure tutorial

Using Multiple Exposures In Photography. “The following is a brief tutorial on how you can take and edit multiple distinct digital photographs taken from a single vantage point for creative photo-manipulated effects. This includes separate scanned film images, or separate images from a digital camera.”

using multiple exposures in photography

Making A Multiple Exposure Photograph. A comprehensive tutorial which was born because of the author’s boredom, let’s learn to do multiple exposure photograph with fun!

making a multiple exposure photograph

Double Exposure Fun. Learned double exposure technique? You can have more fun by follow this tutorial to create fascinating double exposure photos with many film strips in it!

double exposure fun

Creating Multiple Exposure Photographs In 3 Simple Steps. The tutorial purely discusses how to use camera to capture multiple exposure photos, with useful skill tips provided along the explanation.

creating multiple exposure photographs

Digital Multiple Exposure. This tutorial is intended for digital camera which lacks the capability to create multiple exposure images. The effect can actually be achieved easily with Photoshop and its Screen Blending mode, and the author will show you how.

digital multiple exposure

Doubling For The Sake Of Magic. An extremely in-depth tutorial which greatly discusses suitable cameras and methods for producing effective double exposure photograph. (Image Source: Lomo-Cam)

doubling for the sake of magic

Shadows, shades, & darkness: Your Multiple Exposure Paradise. “In this entry, I want to talk more about how double exposures work and what you can look for. It is a meditation on darkness, shadow, & black holes.” (Image Source: Lomo-Cam)

your multiple exposure paradise

Reflection

Having viewed more than thousand of double exposure photographs, I think the key to make a good double exposure photograph is pretty simple – be wild, try everything you think is fun! I believe there’s really no something like mistake when it comes to double exposure photography, so have fun with it!

Now it’s your turn! Let us know in comment if you have any double exposure photograph or tip to share, we love your sharing and it’s always welcomed!

Author:

Alvaris is a web designer, developer and staff writer for Hongkiat.com.

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