For this photograph titled A Room Filled with an Obnoxious Amount of Money, I simply withdrew $871 from the bank and then used the multiplicity photography effect to fill the room up with cash.
This process roughly took 7-10 hours: roughly 4 hours taking the actual pictures of the money with my DSLR on a tripod; as you can see, I've put the money inside of picture frames, taped it walls, folded it around window blinds, mounted it in piles, and stuffed it in drawers and glass jars. Post-processing the 170 individual frames in Adobe Photoshop CS5 took roughly 5 hours. This is a 2 shot vertical panorama (Everything shot in JPEG) with some HDR toning applied at the very end with the Topaz Photoshop plug-in.
This looks like an obnoxious amount of money, but it was really only $871, as you can see below.
In order to make the heaping "piles" of money seen on the tables, I simply took a small pillow and covered it with the $871, making sure no part of the pillow was visible, then moved the money to the next spot, and repeated 170 times:
If you take this $871 and then multiply it 170 times, this room would be filled with $148,070 USD. If you add the amount of money perceived inside the glass jars and underneath the heaping piles, this room could easily add up to a million US dollars or more.
Pretty cool! I'm rich with American currency, and it only took me 9 hours!
The multiplicity photography effect is explained in the video tutorial linked above. Plus, if you want an entire structured library of unique photography techniques, consider purchasing my instructional how-to e-book and online video course Trick Photography and Special Effects, which explains the camera techniques used to create creative images just like these ones.
Multiplicity photography is a photography trick where you put your camera on a tripod and then take photographs of yourself by using a self timer, or, if you use a friend to take the photos, you won't need the self timer. After all the photographs are taken, combine the photographs into layers and mask out the parts surrounding the body. This process can go fairly quickly, however if the bodies are overlapping each other then it can become time consuming because you have to carefully mask out everything but the body. If you would like to learn this technique in more detail, take a look at the Multiplicity Tutorial. If you are a Flickr member, you can submit your clone photographs to the multiplicity group, Clones group, and of course the PhotoExtremist group!
A popular application of multiplicity is to use it in sports photography. Snowboarding, skateboarding, parkour, skiing, and rollerblading are great examples of what can be done with the multiplicity effect and a high frame rate. This is widely known as sequence photography. Check out the Sequence Photography group on Flickr if you would like to see more.
Although the multiplicity effect is commonly used with people, it can also be used with OBJECTS and ANIMALS! These kinds of photographs are much more rare, especially photos of cloned objects.
Once again, go watch the Multiplicity Video Tutorial if you would like to learn how to make these.
In this article I'll explain how you can easily clone yourself with a camera and Photoshop. People call these "multiplicity photographs". When this technique is used in sports, it is known as "sequence photography". If you find this subject interesting, I would reccomend getting my Trick Photography and Special Effects eBook.
OKAY. So, here is how you do it. Put your camera on a tripod and tighten it so it won't move. Focus your scene and then switch to Manual focus so that your camera won't constantly be trying to re-focus the scene. You can shoot in any mode you want to, but I would advise against Shutter Priority mode and just take the photos in full Manual mode or Aperture Priority mode. This insures that each frame will have a consistent exposure and your aperture locked in. After everything is in focus and you have your shutter speed and aperture set, take a picture of the scene with the model to the left of the frame. Then, take another picture of the model closer to the right of the frame. Keep taking pictures with the model's body in different areas of the frame.
You can get a friend to help you take each picture, use a remote, or use the self timer feature on your camera. If your friend is pushing down the shutter button on the camera, make sure they are careful on keeping the camera perfectly in place and not to accidentally bump into it.
Now once you have all your photos taken, you need to import them into Photoshop. Click File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack.... Then just select your images and wait a minute for them to compile.
Once it's done you should see all your pictures in the Layers window. Select the top layer and click New Layer Mask (it's located at the bottom of the layers window) Next, take a black brush and brush over the person in that frame. The person will seem to be erased, but to un-erase it, hit CTRL+I, (cmd+I if you are on a Mac). You can now see the person in the first frame, as well as the one in the second frame! Make a layer mask like that for all the frames and then your done! You can also do this with objects and animals, and skateboarders, etc.
There is also a piece of software that can automate this entire process for you called Aqiplicity. I tried using it once, but the results were not perfect. It's worth giving it a try though. You can view your image in the free version but the saving option is disabled. It's $10 for the full version.
If you would like to see some spectacular examples using this photography technique, take a look at the 20 Stunning Examples of Multiplicity Photography!