Mastering Multiple Exposure Techniques In-Camera by Ben Dauré
Ben Dauré offers different styles of photography from portraiture & landscape to BTS & promo, however, his true passion is the creation of multiple exposures in camera. Ben combines and layer images in-camera using the same ideas and principles behind film photography, but with digital equipment. Mastering this technique, Ben is able to create and tailor a wide variety of styles with a unique look.
After many years of spending an important part of my life in front of a computer, I wanted to be able to create amazing images without the use of my computer. I wanted to have some unpredictability in my images. In my opinion this peculiarity is what gives these images personality. Every artist has a medium and with my own, I wanted to challenge myself and improve my knowledge and understanding of light and how this interacts with itself and other objects.
Too much of what we see these days is doctored to the point where virtually none of the image is real or believable. The "in camera" method aims to negate this by using only natural techniques to create original images that have a unique story about how they were conceived and created using extensive lighting and technical knowledge.
Multi Exposure eyes
To achieve this look in the camera, I had to shoot macro shots of people’s eyes for the base images, for this I used the Canon 5D MKIII with 2 x godox AD200s and the lens used was the Canon 100mm 2.8L IS macro with 3 extension tubes.
To get the ghosting effect on the forest shots I take a photo over the original image and spin the camera around a bit until I’ve gone all the way around taking 9 exposures on top of the eye. I work from the outside in, so I don't overexpose the original eye photo. For this I used a mixture of the Canon 70-200mm F4L IS & the Canon 24-70mm 2.8L
There is no Photoshop used in any part of the multi-exposure process. Everything had to be done on the 5D MKIII as it's one of the few cameras that actually allows you do this properly as you would with film, as well as giving you 1 single RAW file at the end.
Splash & Streak Info
The aim this time was to see how far the capabilities of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III can be pushed and to have the talented model, Olivia Winter, interact more with different types of paint. This series attempted to blend the movements of the subject with the shape of the movements on the paint exposure to make the point where the double exposure and original exposure meet seamlessly.
"In-camera" I have created multi exposures images for the Scaramanga 6 (for their new album artwork). My idea was to create a series of images using different textures that looked like they were made in Photoshop but are 100% made in camera using the multi-exposure function on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
The first batch of exposures was taken in a studio, the images are then exposed again on brightly lit wet paint to create the paint textured shots. For the forest images, I waited until the sky and light were just right then shot the tops of trees, exposing a single image several times whilst constantly moving the camera to create ghosting effects.
Dust to Dust
Created for the artwork of the solo album by Paul Morricone from The Scaramanga 6. The concept was to have a person seamlessly turn to dust whilst also getting the feeling of motion into a very static image & shooting style but with, as always, zero use of Photoshop. The look of these was influenced quite heavily by the end of Avengers Infinity War.
The first step is to shoot the base image with black cloth/lighting with the dark areas pre-planned based on the second exposure.The second part of the image was created using coffee beans ground to different consistencies and very carefully placed onto a backlit white sheet of paper. A small paintbrush and a lot of patience were required to finesse the placement of the grounds and to remove rogue beans.
For some of the images, I mixed red sand and glitter whilst holding a red light over different areas of the dust to give them more colour. The more light that hit the beans the more the texture came through onto the second image.