How to Do Multiple Exposure with Nikon D90 Camera

How to Do Multiple Exposure with Nikon D90 Camera

Instructions on how to use double exposure on Nikon D90.

I recently discovered that my beloved Nikon D90 SLR actually does multiple exposure!  For those of you that are wondering what “Multiple Exposure” means? Simply put, it’s a feature that allow you to take two different images onto one single frame!  For example, you can shoot an image of the moon, and then an image of a building using this feature, and what the camera does is that process these 2 shots together and paste them onto a single frame, so it looks like there was a moon near the building! (eventhough this may not be the case).

So I went and experimented with two of my recent photoshoots.  Here are some samples of the results below.

It’s fairly easy to do on D90:

  • You will first turn on “Multiple exposure” setting in the “Shooting Menu
  • Enter the # of shots you like to take in a single frame then toggle to “Done”
  • Compose your pictures and shoot like you normally would, except you need to pre-determine whether you want the images to overlap, or occupy it’s own space within your frame.  Once it’s reached the # of shots that was entered, the camera will do the processing and put all the images onto a single frame.

Here are few examples of the images taken using this technique:

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carolyn, posted this comment on Jul 5th, 2009

seems limited to only 3 exposures. how do you make the d90 take more than that?

jennyhy, posted this comment on Sep 9th, 2009

you’re right Carolyn, the maximum is 3 exposures per frame. I don’t think it can take more than that for D90. Probably have to resort to film for that :)

Pradeep, posted this comment on Dec 4th, 2009

For more than 3, use post processing.

Dennis, posted this comment on Mar 24th, 2010

Awesome thank you very much…will try this with my Lomo Diana F+ adapter for some crazy exposures…8)

St George Hotel Budapest, Hungary, posted this comment on May 30th, 2010

To achieve the same effect on other cameras (such as Nikon D60 or D5000) you will need to take two separate RAW images and use the Retouch menu / “Image overlay” function.

Carolyn: Using this method, you can combine any number of images.

Jeffrey, posted this comment on May 1st, 2011

how to do this? similar as the sample.. i have tried but i could not get the same as the sample..

JennyChen, posted this comment on Jun 6th, 2011

@Jeffrey: every image is a bit different and that’s part of the fun of doing this in camera. depending on the camera, the effect may also be different, please refer to your camera manual for details as my instruction is specifically geared towards Nikon D90.

In general, I would suggest the following:

1. pick a scene with clean, simple background
2. pick a simple subject first that doesn’t move, such as a pen on table.
3. determine what a general exposure is, have an idea of where you want to place the subject..i.e. one pen on the left, one pen on the right..etc.
4. adjust your exposure to see different variations. (try different apertures without changing the shutter speed)
- if you’re getting completely white/dark images then you have over-exposed or under-exposed your images

Let me know how it goes? have fun!

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