Double Exposure

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” – Aristotle

The goal of a good double exposure photograph is to have the two photos say something together, when combined. Try to avoid just placing a random photo with another random photo, just because it was easy. The end result should be aesthetically pleasing and the contrast in one photograph should aid in the separation of subject. Here are some examples:

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How to do it?

  • Find the two photos you want to make a double exposure of in lightroom. Hold command to select more than one photo.
  • Right-click and select “open as layers in photoshop”
  • Take the top layer and change its blend mode to screen
  • To adjust where the photos line up, select the layer you want to move and resize and press command+T. Hold shift while resizing to keep the aspect ration and not warp the photo. Press enter to apply the transformation.
  • There are many ways to adjust the amount of contrast between photos. Experiment with curves adjustment layers to see if that helps.
  • Command+S saves your photo and you can further edit it in lightroom.