How to Create Multiple In-Camera Exposures on Your Canon EOS 6D

Your EOS 6D can create multiple exposures in camera and you don’t have to resort to any kind of chicanery to get the job done. Back in the days of film, photographers had to resort to trickery to expose two images on one piece of film.

All you need to know is where to enable multiple-exposure photography in the camera menu, and then have a creative eye for subjects that would look good when combined on a single image. To create multiple exposures in camera:

  1. Press the Menu button.

    The last used menu displays.

  2. Use the Multi-controller to navigate to the Shooting Settings 4 tab.

  3. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Multiple Exposure, and then press Set.

    The Multiple Exposure menu options appear and the Multiple Exposure option is selected. (Multiple exposures are disabled by default.)

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  4. With the Multiple Exposure option still selected press Set.

    The option to enable Multiple Exposures appears.

  5. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Enable and press Set.

    You’re returned to the Multiple Exposure menu and are one step closer to shooting multiple exposures.

  6. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Multi-expos ctrl and press Set.

    The Multiple Exposure options are displayed.

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  7. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight one of the following:

    • Additive: Each exposure is added cumulatively to create the single image. You’ll have to employ negative exposure compensation to decrease the exposure of each image so all of the images add up to a correctly exposed image. If you’re combining two images, set exposure compensation to –1 stop; for three images, –1.5 stops; for four images, –2 stops.

    • Average: Negative exposure compensation is applied to each image. The amount of negative exposure is determined by the number of images you’re combining.

  8. Press Set.

    You’re returned to the Multiple Exposures menu and have one more decision to make.

  9. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight No of Exposures and then press Set.

    The Number of Exposures option appears. This determines how many images will be combined to create your multiple exposure.

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  10. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to select the number of images, and then press Set.

    You can combine from 2 to 9 exposures to create your multiple exposure image. After you press Set, you’re returned to the Multiple Exposure menu.

  11. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Continue Multi-exp, and then press Set.

    In this menu you choose whether to create one multiple exposure, or continuous multiple exposures. If you choose the latter option, you’ll have to disable multiple exposures to return to single image exposures.

  12. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight the desired option, and then press Set.

    The option is applied and you’re returned to the Multiple Exposure menu.

  13. Begin multiple-exposure photography.

If you shoot in LiveView mode, you’ll see the exposures combined so far. You’ll also be able to compose your multiple exposure after taking one or more shots. As you move the camera, the subjects in the frame are overlaid on the previous exposures. In the viewfinder, you’ll see the Continuous Shooting icon with the number of frames remaining to be shot to complete your multiple exposure.

Choosing subjects for multiple-exposure images can be tricky. If you combine a busy subject, with another busy subject, your multiple exposure will look like a surreal Salvador Dali painting.

That’s fine if that’s the look you’re after, but if you want the subjects to be recognizable, you should have one subject that is the main focal point of your multiple exposure, with the other images contributing to the overall look, but not distracting from the focal point. The easiest way to grasp multiple-exposure photography is to shoot lots of multiple exposures.

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