It is noteworthy that in this series Christoffer used his D800E with no altering or layering in any external software, soley using in-camera multiple exposure. Only slightly adjusting contrast, colour and cropping in external software after if needed. He does this both for the challenge and the labor of love in the process. Christoffer believes that his background in graphic design has helped push his ability to seek out the best compositional elements – but it is experience that is king.
We’ve asked Christoffer to share that experience and give us his advice on the best possible process:
Prepping your camera
First things first, is getting your camera into multiple exposure mode. This includes programming the number of shots to feature in your multiple exposure image. Adding this to your bracketing button helps save battery life in the long run.
“As I do large prints of my multiple exposures, I personally prefer using wider depth of field with my aperture at f/8-f/16. For the small seeds in this series I used an aperture of f/38 to get a large enough depth of field. I rarely use an exposure lower than 1/250 if I’m shooting handheld at 70mm in natural light with my AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED.”
Whilst it is difficult to say which format is best to shoot in, Christoffer has made a habit of shooting in RAW format so that it stores more data. “White balance might not look as expected when two exposures with very different colours are merged into one image. Especially if the separate exposures require different white balance settings. This means it might be good to do a compromise in post process to avoid too ‘dirty’ colours.”
In this series, Christoffer used his AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED a lot. His second choice of lens is his PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D lens. “It is a typical focal length in my work, the sharpness and optic is excellent for 1.5 meter prints.