Yesterday's photo of the day was an in-camera double exposure, where I took a photo of some of my film negatives for the first photo, then Anna (my wife) took a photo of me outside. Here's how I did it.
First, I got some poster board from Walgreens and laid the negatives on it.
Since my small studio has terrible lighting (just a small fan with 2 lightbulbs out I haven't gotten around to replacing), by laying it on the floor my shadow would encroach on the poster board when I take the shot. To make sure I could fully light up the scene and eliminate shadows, I needed to shut my studio overhead light off and turn on one of my strobes.
You can't tell in this photo, but I put the strobe on it's lowest level as to not overexpose the negatives. I originally had a receiver so that I could remotely flash the strobe but that gave off too much light. It was better for me to just leave the light as a modeling light and not have a flash after all. So what you see above is exactly as I kept it.
I took the first shot of the negatives. (here's the test shot) I was in Aperture Priority mode with an exposure compensation of -0.3. (-0.7 was a bit too much) This test shot is offset because I didn't really frame this one, simply a lighting test.
I don't have an image of the next part, but I had Anna take a photo of my on our porch still in Aperture Priority with an exposure compensation of -1.3. This way, the black surface of the negatives would be the only thing that contains the portrait of me. The white of the poster board should stay completely white.
I had to make sure that I was well lit in the second photo, because the negatives had so many varying tones that would distort my portrait a little bit. Here was the first try that didn't work so well.
You can also tell that I had too little strobe light on this one due to the orange edges of a couple of the negatives as well as some of the second image bled onto the white of the poster board. My goal was to make this photo kind of dreamy and foggy looking, so a little bleed was fine, except the sharp edge of the second shot was a bit problematic to my goal.
Next, I had Anna zoom in a bit more, and we found a better spot to light my face up. (We also switched to a fixed lens which helped the lighting situation greatly since I could open it to 1.8)
Then, I tossed it into Lightroom (my new fave) and tweaked some VSCO filters I've been playing with. (I'm not sure how I feel about using them yet. I usually alter them a lot after picking them, but I am a fan of the Portra film packs though)
And so there you go. I want to play with this idea more because I'm not fully satisfied with my shot, but it was fun to play with. Now you can do it too, and maybe do a better job than I did. If you've wanted to try out in-camera double exposure, this is a little more advanced. I've been practicing double exposure photography for a while now, and I still don't have as good of a handle on it as I would like.
You don't necessarily need a strobe like I used, just a well lit room. You want to make sure you get rid of shadows in the first shot completely. Also, framing is key. If you frame the portrait without thinking about how you framed the first shot, then the photo won't work. You have to be mindful about composition the entire time, and it may even take a couple tries. (It took me 10 or so tries)
Try it out!