How to Create a Double Exposure in Photoshop – Image of the Week #399

For me, one of the most rewarding parts of Farm is seeing photographers gain confidence as they implement their new found skills. I love to see them flexing their creative muscles and experimenting. This is often where they achieve the most growth.

For our members north of the border, they have an iconic landscape to play in but even that brings challenges as maybe it’s too well known. How do you bring something new to it?

This is why I have chosen this image from Chris Guthrie Scott. He has taken an image in a very well known landscape and thought about how to present it differently. Shooting with the intention of using post production tools to add a new playful element and to create a shot with impact. It’s been crafted well and it’s fun, creative fun. Something we all need in our working lives.

Sony A7IV | Sony 35mm f/1.4 GM | f/5.6 | 1/500| ISO 100

Own Preset custom made by Northern Presets

What Chris Said…

“We’d literally had all the weather Skye could through at us; rain, gale force winds, snow capped mountains, and we ended the day at the Quiraing with sunshine and blue sky! This was one of the final set ups of the day. It’s two shots, one of the bride holding her hand up to the sky, and the same with the groom in the exact same position for the other shot.

The concept was a multiple exposure/composite – something I loved doing on my Canon 5D MKIV, but sadly the Sony system doesn’t offer. So, I’d have to do this one in Photoshop – where arguably you have a bit more control with a composite image anyway. Each shot was set up the same as the other, one with the bride, and the other with the groom. I used a narrower f-stop to keep more of the landscape and sky in focus.

I wanted enough of the sky in shot that I could flip one image and put them together, but not too much as I wanted the viewer to visualise two worlds coming together with the finished shot. The first thing I did in post was to apply my preset in Lightroom and some minimal adjustments to white balance and exposure. I then exported both images into Photoshop, flipped the one of our lovely bride vertically and set about creating a mask layer to bring in the bottom image of the groom to make it seem like they are reaching out for each other. Once the two shots were lined up, there were some finishing touches to eliminate any harshness of the mask and a bit of tilt shift and grain applied to add to the dramatic and surreal effect.”