How to create MultiExposure Framming using UnUsed UnProccess Negative Film in Photography
July 16, 2009, 03:56 PM
by Yogi Sujiwo
lomo film negative exposure
How to create MultiExposure Framming using UnUsed UnProccess Negative Film Note
that this works only on film cameras … if you are shooting digital …
you can skip the rest of these and go spend some time time on Photoshop
Here’s what you need …
A roll of brand new film
A roll of unwanted unexposed film. Try using those film that has darker colors (you’ll read about why later)
A camera (of course!)
A computer with no minimum requirements (no, not to Photoshop!)
Some paper tape (not those heavy duty ones)
Some patience (very important)
Okay, let’s start!
Step 1 : A first look
First, take a good look at your computer monitor/LCD. Roughly gauge the height of the display area.
Step 2 : The cutting (no, not cutting your monitor!)
Since you now roughly know the height of your monitor display
area, cut the roll of unwanted unexposed roll of film into strips with
each having the length similar that of your display area height. Be
experimental and feel free to cut some of different length to create
more exciting results.
Step 3 : The sticky business
Now that you have several strips of film, stick them to the top of your
monitor to create a ‘curtain’. By now you probably realize why I
mentioned that it’s good to cut the strips closer to the height of the
monitor display area … this will create more ‘canvas space’ for you to
work with later. Those paper tapes are recommended as you won’t want
some heavy duty adhesive tapes to leave some marks or make those strips
of film permanent decorations on your monitor.
Step 4 : Creating ‘Layer 1′
Now comes the fun part! Once you have created that ‘curtain’ of film
strips, it’s time to take photos! Excited yet? Hold on! The next couple
of lines are important! Before you begin firing away, please take note
of the following …
* You will need a blank background,
so use any software you are familiar with and create an empty bright
full screen image/document. I chose the easiest way (for myself) and
created a new Microsoft Powerpoint document with white background and
displayed it full screen. This way, I have a completely white
background to work with!
* Switch on the maximum brightness
on your monitor. You will wanna make sure the background is as bright
as possible, so that only the black/dark film strips are captured on
this first exposure (aka Layer 1).
As we want to make sure the film strips
are as dark as possible, it’s best to work in a low light environment.
I prefer doing it at night, so with the lights off, only the bright
blank screen is the light source. Why do we need the film strips to be
dark? This will allow your 2nd exposure to be exposed nicely on the
strips of film.
Load the empty new roll of film into
your camera. Before you close the back cover of the camera, you might
want to make a marking on the film lead (using a marker pen), so that
the frames when you do the double exposure will be as close as possible
to the first. See diagram B above. This is not necessary if you wanna
be more experimental and don’t mind trying out semi overlapping frames.
Set your camera to shoot 1 stop under, so that the 2nd exposure
later won’t overexpose the shots. If you are using ISO200 film, just
set your camera to shoot at ISO400.
Now get ready your camera and start
taking photos of the strips of film. By now, you probably can imagine
what we are trying to do, shooting boring empty black strips of film.
Right? Keep shooting frame after frame until you finish the entire roll
of film. Be creative and start moving the strips of film and messing it
up, so that the end results won’t be all too identical (aka boring!).
Just remember to keep as much of the film strips in the frame as
possible (you won’t want an image of a tiny strip of image, do you?).
When you have reached the last
exposure, just do a rewind (you’ll have to refer to your camera manual
for that, if you do not know how) but make sure you leave the film
leader outside. This is very important. You will need to load this same
roll into the same camera (or another) for the 2nd exposure. If you
accidentally rewind that much til no film is left outside the canister,
drop by your friendly local lab and they’ll gladly help you extract it.
That’s it!!! You’re done with the first
exposure! Remove those film strips from your monitor and keep them
safely if you plan to do this again later.
Step 5 : The fun part!
Reload the same roll of film into the
camera (or another camera), and this time, try align the marking you
made earlier in step 4 with the right edge of the frame (see diagram B)
before closing the camera back. Now you’re ready to go out and have
some big fun shooting anything you like! Wait! Do remember to set your
camera to shoot 1 stop under, as you will be screaming your head off if
you overexpose the entire roll later. Once you’re done with the roll …
send it to the lab and get it processed as per normal.
Step 6 : Dear God …
Pray hard for good results and collect the roll from the lab when it’s
ready. Drop by again, leave a comment to let me know how you enjoyed
doing this fun experiment … but if you screw up that roll … don’t curse
me just yet. Load another and try again.
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