Two Gizmos For Making Double Exposures

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So, we did some math…

Turns out, a double exposure is worth two thousand words!

When you meld one image onto another, all of those extra words tend to run along the lines of, “Wow! Cool! Looks neat! I love it. How did you…?”

Sure, there are apps to fake double exposures and you can spend hours in photoshop or a darkroom (remember those?) creating ‘em.

But, we’re here to share two ways to make double exposures as you shoot, using reflective little Color Lens and Flash Filters and the magical Instax 90 Instant Camera.

Learn To make Double Exposures Two Ways*

*total value = 4,000 words


Double exposures add to the artistry of photo making. The creative possibilities are endless! And, when you create them in camera, as soon as you take one you’re ready to impress your friends with your masterpiece.

using plastic or glass filters

beforeYou can use any piece of see-through plastic or glass the create an (admittedly faux) double exposure.

We used these Color Lens and Flash Filters!

Hold your filter in front of your lens then tilt it at an angle till you see a reflection in the filter. Now you can photo the reflection and the world beyond the filter at the same time!

Tricks + Tips: Reflections are strongest when it is brighter behind your phone than in front of it. So, stand with the sun or a bright window at your back.

If your see-through thing of choice is immovable (like a window), have your subject stand near it. Take a photo of their reflection and if the light is hitting right you’ll get a glimpse of what’s inside as well as your pal. (Again, it should be brighter behind you than the other side of the window).

Using the Instax 90 Instant cam

beforeThe Instax 90 is the only Instant Camera in the Instax family with a double exposure mode!

It’s super simple to use.

Turn your camera on. Hit the MODE button till the Double Exposure icon shows up (it’s two rectangles).

Snap one photo. Snap the next. After the second, your print will pop right out and develop before your eyes.

Tricks + Tips: Double exposures look snazziest if at least one of the images is very high contrast. A silhouette against a bright sky, or light flowers on dark vines, etc.

The second image will show up in the darkest parts of the first. Keep that in mind when you’re lining up your shots.

If you’re shooting in a bright place, use D (darken) mode for both shots to be sure they both show up.

Taking It Further