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We love hanging out with our friends, and we’ve had a great summer full of lunches in the park, guests from around the globe, and days off at the beach.
With summer winding down, we have a lot less beach days in our future, and no out-of-town guests scheduled to sleep on our couch.
…That’s a problem for us.
Naturally, we tried to fix the problem with photos.
Were we successful? Of course!
Our solution is a fun project that you can make with anyone you choose, whether they share a dorm room with you or live halfway across the world.
so, why double exposures?
We already love making double exposures solo, and this method makes it a special project to share with friends.
Do I need a lot of stuff or a fancy camera?
If you don’t have a 35mm camera, no big deal! You can do double exposures digitally, too! (We have some tips and links for you at the end of this article.)
Step 1: Plan it out
Before you shoot, you and your partner should decide if you want your photos to follow a theme.
Choosing themes can be a fun way to see how you and your friends look at the same things differently.
You’ll also get fantastic results just by shooting without any rules at all!
Step 2: Shoot!
Once you’ve made your decision, load the film in your camera and make some pictures!
You can shoot it just as you would normally, and you’ll be shooting all the way to the end of the roll (usually 24-36 exposures).
If you have a manual camera, you might be able to control how far you rewind the film by carefully listening to your camera as you rewind it. Ater winding most of the roll, listen for the sound of the film releasing from the camera’s film spool. That’s the perfect time to stop rewinding!
If your film gets rewound all the way, any film lab can help you get it back out again and ready to go. Just tell them you need the film leader pulled out so that you can use the film again. They’ll know exactly what to do (and should do it for free!).
Step 3: Send it on its way
Remind them of the theme, and stick a label on the roll with tape.
(If you’re mailing it: you might want to write: “Film: Do not X-Ray” on the envelope just to be safe)
Step 4: Getting it developed
We think it’s a good idea to get this film developed at a nice photo lab, (they’re usually more familiar with experiments) but the drugstore 1-hour photo is just fine too.
Tell the photo lab that it’s double exposed when you drop it off, so they know what to expect when it develops.
Because the exposures that you and your partner made could be overlapping in fun ways, you can request that the lab not cut your negatives. This way you’ll have more control over the finished product in case the lab doesn’t crop the photos the exact way you want them to.
(They can still make prints and scans of your roll without cutting the film)
Step 5: Enjoy & share with friends
You’ll be surprised how often photos line up perfectly even when you and a friend are both shooting without a theme!
Now you’ve got a photo project that not only looks awesome, but is also a true collaborative art piece. Share it online and get even more people involved!
Still want to do more?
Holga Double Exposures, and Digital Double Exposures
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