How to Make an In-Camera Multiple Exposure, Part Two

In this post I will show you a commonly used method to take analogue multiple exposure photographs in the film camera. This method works for manual cameras with a film rewind button.

If you are using a camera which you don’t need to wind the advance film lever after taking a photo, then all you have to do is not advance the film. 

Materials You Need

  • Manual Film Camera with a Film Rewind Button (usually located on the bottom of the camera) or a camera where you don’t have to advance the film after you take a picture. 
  • One Roll of Film
One Roll Film and Manual Camera
Manual Film Camera and a Roll of Film

Easy Steps to Making Analogue Multiple Exposures

Load Film into Camera
1. Load the Film into the Camera
Take a Picture
2. Take a Picture
3. Locate the Rewind Film Button
Advancing the Film
4. Locate the Winding Lever on the Camera. It's the lever to advance the film forward.
Press the Rewind Button While Winding the Lever
5. To Take Your Next Layer: Press the Rewind Film Button While Winding the Advance Lever

How the Rewind Button Works

What happens when you press the rewind button and wind the advance lever? 

Pressing the rewind button disengages the film spool from the winding lever. The film stays in place as you wind the advance lever. Once you crank the advance lever you are ready to take your second exposure layer. 

As long as you pressed the rewind button while advancing the lever, the second exposure layer will line up directly on top of the first layer.  

You can take as many exposures as you want though every time you will have to press the rewind button before advancing the winding lever. 

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Experiment and Take Notes

When composing the frame, I imagine what could happen when many photographs merge together. I look for bright and shadows areas, patterns, shapes, textures, and colors. I visualize how they will appear and then adjust my camera settings to create desired effects.

If it is the first layer, I think about it as the template. Any proceeding layer is complimenting the initial exposure. 

I recommend keeping notes of each layer and frame. You can write down the location, the light conditions, type of lens used, F-stop, shutter speed and whether you over, under or mid-exposed. 

In future post, I will show you how I scan a contact sheet and evaluate the film frames. 

Till then, happy picture taking! 

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