I recently tried my hand at multiple exposure photography and found that it was really easy and fun. I was inspired by a friend, Joe Hoyle, who has had great success using his film cameras to produce some very cool images. Check out his Flickr Stream for some examples. I figured I could use my Rolleicord to experiment with some multiple exposure photography. I had a roll with a few frames left in it so I ventured out to the front yard to see what I could use as a subject for my experiment. Here is my 1st multiple exposure image:
As you can see, it definitely won't win any awards, but I'm happy with the result. I tried to get the two exposures 90 degrees apart and I got pretty close. Flipping the Rolleicord 90 degrees is a bit challenging but I just about nailed it on my 1st try. A tripod would make it even easier.
Now that I've figured out that I can get a workable image out of the camera I am looking forward to trying my hand at multiple exposure photography whenever I have a subject that might be appropriate.
Multiple Exposure Metering Technique
Since multiple exposure photography involves putting more than one image on a single frame of film you have to compensate in some way for that. The technique I used in the few trial images I've shot is based on adjusting the ISO. So, in the example above I was shooting Neopan Acros 100. To compensate for putting two exposures on the same frame I set the ISO on my vintage lightmeter to 200 and set the exposure on the Rolleicord accordingly. If I was shooting 3 exposures I would have set the ISO to 300, and so on. It seems to work fine and is easy for me to remember. The only catch is to make sure you reset the ISO on your meter back to "normal" when you are done doing multiple exposures.
Hopefully I've inspired you (especially you vintage film camera shooters) to try your hand at multiple exposure photography. It's easy to do and will add a new creative tool to your photographic arsenal. If you want, please feel free to post your multiple exposure images on the Mark's Photography Spot Flickr Group to share them with other readers.