Using Multiple Exposures to Create Abstract Photographs

Multiple exposures is not a new technique in photography. Though uncommon now in the digital era, multiple exposure is the art of double exposing film in order to create interesting and unique results. With the latest DSLRs, this tool is now found tucked away in your camera settings, and is perhaps your camera’s best kept secret.

Idaho based wedding photographer, Sara Byrne shows us how to explore this feature on the Canon 5d Mark III, however similar tutorials can be found for Nikon and Sony. Sara also gives us a few tips to really take advantage of this old tool brought back to life.

Watch the video above to see how its done in camera on the 5d Mark III, and check out some of her beautiful results below.



Feel free to give this technique a try, and post some of your results in the comments below.


[Thanks to Sara for the video. Check out her Website & Facebook Page]

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taizbn's picture

Great stuff!

Paul Monaghan's picture

had the ability to do this on my older pentax stuff for year's but you have to take the shots in a row and also don't get a overlay over the older shot to play with.

It's nice how canon have implemented this feature although its more like just shooting different images and blending it in post rather than rewinding the film like with the limitations I get :).

Mike Kelley's picture

All these do is remind me of this, but with trees:

Nicholas Gonzalez's picture

LOL. That is perfect!

Art's picture

this one is better than any of the ones up top!

Sean Webb's picture


Michael Steinberg's picture

Will this work on a Nikon? I´m talking about takin a picture then later using it later for a bubble expoture?

Noam Galai's picture

Yes... "Multiple Exposures" in the menu

Michael Steinberg's picture

I know there is multiple exposures in the menu. But I can not figur out how I take a reference picture the use it later to double expose on other images I will take later. Like in the video. She takes many portraits and the later she uses them when she takes pictures of trees. Love the funktion of liveview so she can se the furst picture. I can not find this on my Nikon.

Kenji Kenji's picture

I don't think this is possible on any Nikon. :-(

Nicholas Gonzalez's picture

Awesome! Wow!

Jayden Ostwald's picture

All the more reason for me to sell my soul and get a 5D III and use the 7D as a second body..

Andrei Zdetoveţchi's picture

So, basically all you have to do is to read the damn manual of the Canon 5dmkIII, be a little creative and you're all set. I hoped this 'tutorial' might bring some revelations to me and how I might do it with my Canon 7D but I since there's nothing new, I'll go back to Photoshop.

Ashkan Ahmadi's picture

So how can we do it with a non-5Dm3???

Zach Sutton's picture

Unfortunately, you'll need to do it in Photoshop if you're camera doesn't have an in camera feature for it.

Peter Böszörményi's picture

Or you can do it with Magic Lantern

Alfred YKH's picture

Hi, may I know how to do this with Magic Lantern? Thank you!

Evan's picture

I'm going to have nightmares! Thanks.

Dino Kužnik's picture
Johnson's picture

This gimmicky method is nothing new. Sara learned this method by watching the "Photo Extremist" videos:

Najarian's picture

Yikes - this is kinda nauseating!

Art's picture

Yes I agree, these multiple exposure portraits look cheap and gimmicky. Reminds me of the "Bodies" exhibit; it's repulsive at best.

Nick Fancher's picture

Fuck the haters. This is rad.

Art's picture

rad? it's a gimmick that's been around for awhile.

Nick Fancher's picture

Nevermind. You've convinced me. She didn't invent the technique so it sucks.

Sarcasm is great. How fitting that the hipster tool calls himself Art. I'm sure every photo he takes is original in its purest form.

javier caldas's picture

can i do the same with a canon 7D????

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