Exposure and Experience

This might be a slightly different post on my experiments with photography and I would really appreciate any comments or feedback on the methods or the photographs.

When I got my Canon 70D, I was excited to try out the double exposure feature that was available in it. But I haven’t been able to use it so far. So I decided to try out something and here are the results. Prop used: a jute wall hanging (or rather small parts of it)

This one is the photograph that was taken with my camera’s feature for double exposure ‘enabled’ and I used two shots (as per the settings i.e. use two clicks or photographs to create a single doubly exposed image) for this.


I liked how it sort of created a 3D effect on either sides. I applied ‘Watercolor’ effect to it from Pixlr (a free app) and got this photograph. I tried for an artistic and a painterly look and feel but you tell me?



Then I wondered, how different is it actually to do it manually (i.e. do the double exposure using apps and tools) when compared to the one that is done by the camera itself. So I again took the photographs of the two sources separately this time (disabling the double exposure feature on the camera)

doubleexp_orig2 doubleexp_orig1

Used these in Pixlr to create a double exposure image (using the layering and simple copy and paste) to get this image. Does it look like a double exposed image ?

And then added the same ‘watercolor’ effect to this using Pixlr again.
double_exp_manual_2I think the Camera was way smarter than me in terms of merging the images to create a double exposure image in this case, because I felt that the one I took using the Camera’s feature looked much better than the manually created one.

What is your take? Or do you think it is totally not worth the effort?

12 thoughts on “Exposure and Experience”

  1. Your manual effort is already pretty good, and I think if you use other image composition techniques to adjust the brightness and contrast a bit, it would look similar to the camera one. But I also think that if your camera can manage a good double exposure picture, it’s so much easier if you just use it. 🙂


    1. Thank you Anita. The manual one was more for the benefit of learning. But yeah I think it might have come close to the camera one as you have mentioned. And since I am a little lazy I will stick to the feature. 🙂


    1. Thank you Ashwini 🙂 Yes its not that clear because it was the only thing I could use to experiment. Would have to do better next time.


    1. He he. I think my choice of subject was bad. I couldn’t think of anything at home to use other than this. I will try with something else and see. Thank you Zee 🙂


    1. Oh Ok. As far as I have seen till now (haven’t played around with some features though), it did take some time for me to get the hang of it because the earlier one was 450D and the control buttons have changed. All I can say for now is that it is definitely worth its price. I heard that 60D is also equally good.


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