Monday 3/8/21: Practicing Double Exposure Self-Portraits

Today’s Agenda:

  • Practicing Double Exposure Portraits with Snapseed
  • If you haven’t already: upload your best Mix and Match photo to class gallery wall

What is a “Double Exposure”?

Double exposure photography is a technique that layers two different exposures on a single image, combining two photographs into one.

Double exposure creates a surreal feeling for your photos and the two photographs can work together to convey deep meaning or symbolism.

Take a look at some here: Double Exposure Online Examples

Double Exposure Portrait Tutorial Videos:

*Don’t have Snapseed or access to a phone right now?  Head to the bottom of this post for a tutorial using on your laptop instead!

Step 1: Have a portrait of yourself and a landscape/scenery photo ready. (If you don’t have a portrait of yourself yet, you can practice with a portrait of someone else, even from the Internet.)

Step 2: Make your portrait black and white with high contrast (bright whites & dark blacks). You can use Tools and/or Black and White filters (see video).


Click Here to View Double Exposure Tutorial Steps 3-5

Step 3: Tap on Double Exposure to add your scene.  Choose a double exposure style (also called blending modes) and adjust opacity to your liking. Click checkmark when done. Most common blending modes for this project will be “darken” and “lighten”, but feel free to try them all!

Step 4: If necessary, tap on the stacks with the arrow on the top right, select view edits.  Tap on double exposure and the brush icon.  Brush on the scenery onto your portrait (see video). Click checkmark when done, then back button.

Step 5: Feel free to experiment with more tools and filters! Have some fun with it and export when you’re satisfied. You can always export a few versions of it too!


Double Exposure Portrait using

For those without a phone or without Snapseed ONLY

Note: I was cut off at the end. Here’s an image to show you how to save the exported JPG to your laptop:

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