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Creating multiple exposures

From: Shooting with the Nikon D800

Video: Creating multiple exposures

In the old days of film shooting, if you ever forgot to advance the film in your camera, then you would end up shooting multiple images onto the same piece of film, resulting in a weird composite image. Eventually, the camera makers engineered their cameras so that it was not possible to accidentally create multiple exposures. But by that point, it was too late: all the artsy types had already decided that multiple exposures were a very cool effect. You can create multiple exposures in your camera right now using the Multiple Exposure feature. To shoot in Multiple Exposure with your D800, go into the menu system.

Creating multiple exposures

In the old days of film shooting, if you ever forgot to advance the film in your camera, then you would end up shooting multiple images onto the same piece of film, resulting in a weird composite image. Eventually, the camera makers engineered their cameras so that it was not possible to accidentally create multiple exposures. But by that point, it was too late: all the artsy types had already decided that multiple exposures were a very cool effect. You can create multiple exposures in your camera right now using the Multiple Exposure feature. To shoot in Multiple Exposure with your D800, go into the menu system.

In the Shooting menu, kind of near the bottom, you're going to see something called Multiple Exposure. It defaults to off of course. I am going to come in here and turn it on. There are two different ways of turning it on. I can turn it on to shoot a single multiple exposure. Now, that doesn't actually mean a single image; it means I'm going to produce one multiple exposure, which might be composed of several images. Or I can say no, I want to do a series of multiple exposures. So after I shoot this first one, just stay in Multiple Exposure mode. This is a really nice way of protecting yourself against forgetting that you're in Multiple Exposure mode.

So I am going to say I am just going to do one. So that will automatically turn off Multiple Exposure after I do this particular composite. I can define the number of shots I want, from 2 the 10. I am going to leave it at 2. As you've probably already figured out here, we have built a set with two different objects on it. I am going to shoot a single image of each object and the camera is going to combine them into a single multiple exposure. Auto Gain is something you really probably going to want to leave on anytime you're doing multiple exposure. It's going to control the brightness of each shot as you shoot more of them.

So it's some intelligent compositing going on here. With those things configured, I am ready to go. Now, a couple of notes here. First of all, multiple exposures does not work in Live View mode, so one thing is you can't follow me along here while I am doing this. And two, just know that if you have Live View turned on, even if you configured Multiple Exposure, once you turn on Live View, it's going to turn all of that off. A cool thing you can do though is combine multiple exposures with the interval timer. So, I could define a multiple exposure that says take 10 shots, and then I can start the interval timer, and say, take a shot every hour for 10 hours, and I'd have this long series of shots that would be combined into a multiple exposure.

So from here I just do what I would normally do and frame my shot meter and focus and take my first picture. And now I am going to go over here and meter and focus my second picture. And the camera should have produced a multiple exposure from that. So, let's go into Playback mode. It's going to think for a minute, and here it is. So you can see that it has combined both elements into a single image.

So, it's pretty much just done a straight transparency. The two images both have 50% opacity, and they've been combined together. So, this is a simple way to get an effect that you can also do in Photoshop, so that's something you need to think about when you're setting up this kind of shot. Do you want to do it in camera, or is it better to just take clean shots and combine them in Photoshop where you have more control? What's fun about this is there's kind of a random element to it, because you don't know what the camera is going to do. But where you're probably going to find this the most useful is in doing things that are harder to do in Photoshop, like combining this with an intervalometer, or you're going to use this for times when you don't have time to go to Photoshop.

If you really need to turn around the composite very quickly and you think you can get it in-camera, that's a time to experiment with the Multiple Exposure feature.

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Shooting with the Nikon D800

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  1. 9m 28s
    1. Welcome
      2m 16s
    2. What is an SLR?
      5m 18s
    3. Using this course
      1m 54s
  2. 30m 59s
    1. Exploring basic camera anatomy
      6m 34s
    2. Attaching a lens
      3m 28s
    3. Inserting media cards and a battery
      6m 14s
    4. Powering up
      2m 8s
    5. Working with menu navigation and factory defaults
      3m 1s
    6. Setting the date and time
      1m 50s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 20s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 15s
    9. Holding the camera
      4m 9s
  3. 26m 35s
    1. What are shooting modes?
      2m 11s
    2. Exploring the viewfinder display
      4m 41s
    3. Using the LCD screen protector
      46s
    4. Autofocus basics
      2m 42s
    5. Metering basics
      1m 31s
    6. Reviewing images
      2m 21s
    7. Working with image playback
      7m 16s
    8. Adjusting beeps and timers
      1m 52s
    9. Changing button behavior
      2m 2s
    10. Using screen tips
      1m 13s
  4. 26m 58s
    1. Exploring Program mode
      50s
    2. Working with exposure compensation
      4m 16s
    3. Changing ISO
      2m 30s
    4. Using auto ISO
      4m 25s
    5. Exploring Flexible Program
      2m 49s
    6. Exploring image format and size
      6m 18s
    7. Setting a virtual horizon
      2m 17s
    8. Setting the color space
      1m 22s
    9. Configuring multiple media cards
      2m 11s
  5. 12m 49s
    1. Exploring focus modes
      2m 6s
    2. Exploring autofocus area modes
      4m 50s
    3. Using focus points
      1m 57s
    4. Using manual focus
      3m 56s
  6. 9m 57s
    1. Using auto white balance
      1m 1s
    2. Working with white balance presets
      3m 8s
    3. Adjusting white balance manually
      5m 48s
  7. 11m 54s
    1. Exploring Continuous mode
      5m 56s
    2. Exploring Quiet mode
      53s
    3. Using the self-timer
      3m 26s
    4. Locking the mirror up
      1m 39s
  8. 34m 40s
    1. Exploring metering modes
      3m 4s
    2. Using the auto exposure lock
      4m 35s
    3. Exploring Aperture Priority mode
      3m 3s
    4. Using depth of field preview
      2m 50s
    5. Exploring Shutter Priority mode
      2m 32s
    6. Working in Manual mode
      2m 40s
    7. Exposure bracketing
      6m 40s
    8. Using Active D-Lighting
      1m 19s
    9. Using the Vignette Control feature
      1m 6s
    10. Using the Auto Distortion Control feature
      58s
    11. Using long exposure noise reduction
      1m 41s
    12. Using high ISO noise reduction
      1m 22s
    13. Using the Bulb setting in Manual mode
      1m 2s
    14. Using the Info button
      1m 48s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Adjusting LCD brightness
      2m 31s
    2. Protecting and deleting images
      4m 43s
    3. Hiding images
      1m 35s
    4. Toggling the Rotate Tall feature on and off
      50s
    5. File naming
      1m 21s
    6. Creating a file number sequence
      2m 35s
    7. Creating storage folders
      2m 3s
    8. Adding copyright info
      1m 50s
    9. Using in-camera retouching
      2m 26s
  10. 7m 14s
    1. Using the fill flash
      1m 48s
    2. Using Flash mode
      3m 18s
    3. Working with flash exposure compensation
      2m 8s
  11. 22m 25s
    1. Understanding high-dynamic range (HDR)
      5m 38s
    2. Creating multiple exposures
      3m 38s
    3. Using the interval timer
      5m 42s
    4. Shooting time-lapse photography
      1m 19s
    5. Working with the image area
      4m 25s
    6. Using the remote control
      1m 43s
  12. 8m 33s
    1. Defining picture controls
      2m 7s
    2. Selecting a picture control
      1m 38s
    3. Modifying a picture control
      2m 38s
    4. Using the monochrome picture control
      2m 10s
  13. 15m 42s
    1. Activating Live View
      8m 9s
    2. Focusing in Live View
      5m 27s
    3. Reviewing some Live View drawbacks
      2m 6s
  14. 17m 27s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      4m 34s
    2. Focusing and working with exposure
      7m 11s
    3. Using Playback mode
      3m 17s
    4. Customizing movie controls
      2m 25s
  15. 12m 44s
    1. Using menu banks
      3m 31s
    2. Using the My Menu feature
      2m 12s
    3. Customizing controls
      4m 0s
    4. Autofocus fine-tuning
      1m 25s
    5. Saving and loading settings
      1m 36s
  16. 14m 5s
    1. Working with custom settings
      51s
    2. Using the Focus Priority feature
      2m 15s
    3. Using the AF Activation feature
      1m 34s
    4. Controlling the number of focus points
      36s
    5. Using ISO sensitivity step value
      1m 8s
    6. Working with EV steps for exposure control
      1m 7s
    7. Using exposure flash compensation step value
      1m 1s
    8. Turning on easy exposure compensation
      1m 31s
    9. Using Exposure Delay mode
      1m 20s
    10. Using the Assign FN button
      2m 42s
  17. 6m 45s
    1. Camera sensor cleaning
      3m 29s
    2. Exploring operating conditions and temperatures
      1m 57s
    3. Getting firmware updates
      1m 19s
  18. 15m 43s
    1. Exploring focus and composition
      4m 55s
    2. Using an exposure strategy
      6m 50s
    3. Controlling exposure through Program mode
      3m 58s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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