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Hipstamatic Multiple Exposures

Multi Hipstamatic exposures... right on!


So Hipstamatic have finally done it... the multiple exposures feature! We have always been big fans of multiple exposures here at Phlib. There are however, some people out there in the world of iphonography that have never experienced such a wonder! If you want a quick catch up on what multiple exposures are and how to create stunning images with them; check out our 'Double Exposure Tips' post here.


Multiple exposures are something that used to be exclusive to photographers using manual wind, film cameras or digital cameras with the option built in. Hipstamatic have now opened the gates and made this feature available to a lot more people - people that want to make great photos!

One thing that people are questioning though, is can you create the same striking 'double images' as you get with other cameras available?


Well it's obvious that a mobile phone camera will pale in comparison with most cameras available but Hipstamatic are doing their best to compensate the mobile photographer. Mobile phone image quality can only ever be as good as the camera on the phone. It's safe to say that the filters offered by Hipstamatic help lower quality cameras create a more eye pleasing image, and their multi exposure feature is no different.


Here are a couple comparisons of double exposures between the Hipstamatic app and a LOMO film camera. Instantly you can see that they've don't pretty well! An important thing to remember with double exposures is that composition and subject matter are the most important thing when creating a great image. 

A common problem that people are having with the app is getting overexposure on their images. This is because you are exposing more than once! The way to overcome this is to choose a subject for each exposure with a good mix of light and dark. When light areas on each exposure overlap, that area almost becomes solid white. This is true even when using a film camera. Although with film and DSLR cameras you have the ability to underexpose images, the problem will still occur if your subject has masses of light. To find out more about creating a good multi exposure image, check out our previous blog post for handy hints and tips.


Here are some great ways to find your feet with the multi exposures app. 1. Try including text in one of your exposures. A sign... book... tattoo... what ever! This can create a very interesting effect on different textures. 2. Have a play with colour. Be bold! Look how dynamic a block of yellow can look on a leafy green background.



3. Be fun with your subject matter. A close up of a swan mixed with a person on a boat creates something fantastic... a giant, mutant swan! 

Mixing a lilly pond with a field of flowers... land lilies or water flowers?!So, to sum up, multiple exposures are what you make of them. Given the choice, I would choose a film camera for multiple exposures. There's a much bigger sense of joy that comes with the surprise of not knowing how your images will turn out until they're developed. But I guess that goes for all photos with film cameras. When it comes to convenience, I'd use Hipstamatic. As far as features go, an SLR or DSLR will always give you more control with the exposure of your image but what's great with the Hipstamatic app, is you'll usually have it with you! 

The Hipstamatic app is about having the ability to create great images where ever you are, with little or no preparation. And for that reason - this is a great new feature!

They make a pretty awesome wall display on our Phlib Hipstamatic frame!


Peace out, Carl



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