When I first stumbled into photography, I was mesmerized by the instant gratification it offered my creativity. But what got me hooked was the varied vocabulary it offered to tell a story, and capture emotions and beauty. So anytime I discover a new ‘language’ to tell a story through images, I am excited. Creating multiple exposures in camera is one such technique that I have fallen in love with.
Read on if you are curious to know what this technique is. If not, feel free to skip, and enjoy the images I created.
Multiple exposure is a photography technique created by combining two or more exposures into one image. Sounds quite simple, and yes, you can have a lot of fun experimenting and get lucky with a couple of images. But to intentionally create a multiple exposure image, you require some planning. You need to have an idea about what your final image should look like. In a nutshell, the first exposure is created with the main subject in focus. The second exposure is whatever you want to superimpose on the subject to create the second layer of your story. When the two exposures are combined you can get some really interesting, creative images. The second exposure overlays only on the underexposed parts of the first image. That’s the challenging part. But the possibilities are endless!
Oops! Guess I fell off the blogosphere a bit! Back again now! Here is a mini maternity session I did some time back.
A grand adventure is about to begin….
You got to see a sneak peak…here are a few more glimpses from that session.
Amy and Konstantin are on the threshold of their grand adventure, as they await the birth of their first child! I had the privilege and honor of photographing the transformation that is happening.
Amy is a master gardener, a yoga teacher, and a quiet, kind soul. She envisioned doing something in nature for her maternity photo, and I couldn’t be happier to oblige. I am not much into using props, except when it offers the opportunity to tell a personal story. So I was really excited when Amy brought out the traditionally painted wooden Easter egg that belonged to Konstantin’s mom, who is Russian.
We have more exciting plans for when baby arrives! Coming soon! 🙂
Every family has something special they share. When I have the opportunity to photograph a family, I try to find that something special and commemorate it in the photographs I create. The smiles, looks, gestures all tell a story unique to each family. While there is always a mix of posed, looking-at-the-camera images, and candid images, I am particularly drawn to the magic captured in the in-between moments that speak the most. And the brilliant smile you see here, is genuine! Anyone who knows Monica knows, this is the smile that welcomes you….its almost a permanent fixture on her face! And I say that with great fondness. 🙂 It was such a joy photographing this family. Thank you for the honor!
So I got a little adventurous and tried out something totally different… in terms of style and editing. The project- a glamour style self portrait. It was fun trying out something new! Being on the other side of the camera every once in a while also gives me a better idea of what my clients experience when they are in the hot seat!
The recipe for an image like this? Natural light, a reflector, tripod, camera, remote, a handy-dandy hair dryer for some wind-action and some antics! It was fun! For anyone watching, it would have been fun-ny :D. You should all try it! Or call me, and we can have a blast!
My usual editing style is pretty simple, clean, natural. This time I played around with some textures and blending modes in Photoshop. Must say I’m quite pleased with the results.
Want to try taking a self-portrait? While there are a million different creative ways you could take a self-portrait, if you want to try something like what I’ve done here, these tips may help you:
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION:
If you’re doing this indoors, find a window or door in your home with good natural light coming through.
Make sure your background is clutter free.
When posing, just remember to stand a few feet away from the wall to get a slightly soft, blurry background. You can also avoid dealing with shadows falling on them.
2. THE LOGISTICS:
A camera (duh!). Any camera . I used a Nikon D610 and a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G lens.
A tripod if you have one, or something sturdy to prop your camera on. You should be able to keep the camera at eye level or slightly above eye level.
A white foam core or even a cardboard wrapped with white paper can serve as a reflector. I used a reflector, but you could use any of the substitutes. Using a reflector can help fill in some shadows on the side facing away from the light source.
Having a remote (I used one) makes it convenient to click while posing and saves you some of the running back and forth to use the camera timer. If you don’t have one, the timer on your camera will do just fine.
The biggest challenge with self portraits is to get the focus spot on. The easiest way to get this right would be to place an object on the spot where you plan on standing. Compose your shot and focus your lens on the object. Now change your lens setting to manual. This ensures that the focus remains on the object, and the camera does not try to refocus later when you click. Now take your position in the exact spot where you placed the object. If you’re using a reflector, place it facing the light and move it slowly until light is reflected on the stand-in object.
If you feel really adventurous, and want to get the blown hair look, try holding a hair dryer (better still, clip it to your tripod!) or place a fan for some wind action!
Most of us are intimidated by the camera and don’t know what to do with ourselves in front of that lens. RELAX! Your mouth, your shoulders, your whole body! You don’t have to force a smile to get a great portrait. Look at the lens like you would look into the eyes of a person you like. (LOL! I know that sounds weird. But it will change your expression! Or make you laugh. Which is good, you’ll relax!)
Do NOT tuck in that chin. Caution! The dreaded double chin! Most of us do it without even realizing. Instead, lift your chin up, forward and down just a centimeter. Feels odd, but looks great! 🙂
Posing at a slight angle to the camera is almost always flattering. Ladies, shift your weight to one leg, the leg that is away from the camera. Pivot your hips so they are not square to the camera. Have fun and try different angles.
There! Those are some basic tips. If you do take some self portraits, please post them here! I would love to see what you come up with! Got questions? Ask me!
I am thrilled to share the images created for this beautiful family. The Schworers were in Portland visiting mom and dad, and attending a friend’s wedding, yet made time for this session booked way back in May. Every moment captured in these photographs speaks of the love that binds this beautiful family. These images are a visual testimony to the blessing Little Miss O is … a prayer answered so beautifully. They were such a delight to photograph! And what a happy little trooper Miss O was!
We started out by quickly going over some of the sketches I had drawn of my vision for this session. A vision that spurred from all the little stories and details I gathered through our pre-shoot consultation.
It was a gorgeous Saturday morning, and to my surprise, the light just kept getting strangely beautiful as the morning progressed. The distinct smell of smoke that soon filled the air , clarified the reason for this strange light… the unfortunate forest fires raging through parts of Washington and Oregon. Worked in our favor though!
Walking on Daddy’s feet
How big is Olivia?
Daddy’s little girl
Grandpa’s little girl
A Regal Moment
Here’s a little princess who loves to feel the earth beneath her feet! Really, she will throw a fit if you try to get her into any kind of footwear! I mean, how adorable is that! ❤ Little Miss O, you totally stole my heart! This is one of those sessions that leaves me satisfied and proud of what I do. I can’t wait to see these images adorn the walls of their homes.
Here’s a little behind the scenes shot…thanks to my client!