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20 Stunning Examples of Multiplicity Photography

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!

Multiplcity girl


tree multiplicity girl rainbow photography trick

Multiplicity photograph of a girl in white clothing on a couch

Several people looking at a pool ball table in black and white taken in a multiplcity trick photo

Four cloned peple playing a card game at a table. Multiplcity picture

Young man in green Illinoise t-shirt in his room office with the multiplicity effect

Huge coloumn of multiplcity clone girls climbing tall building

Multiplicity clones of a man on old cement stair steps

Action sport Parkour freestyle jump walking on a nature rock in a field

Jumping the jump rope in the forest with three identical clones

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.

Snowboarding trick multiplicity clones photo

Multiplicity  skateboarding jump trick photo at a skatepark

Motorcross dirt bike motocross panorama jump

Military army marines in the snow

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.

A bunch of Wrapped up Choclate truffles sitting on a table

Cloning bunnies in the backyard

Clones of the same cat on a couch

Five clones of the same dog in the backyard using the multiplicity effect

Clones of a white cat in the back yard

Once again, go watch the Multiplicity Video Tutorial if you would like to learn how to make these.


How To Create Physiogram Long Exposure Photographs

A physiogram is a single long exposure of a flashlight spinning around on a string that is tied to a ceiling. You heard me, simply find a way to attach your flashlight to a string or shoelace or something, then put your camera on the ground with the widest angle you can get (after getting the light in focus, then switching the focus off), turn out the light, turn on the flashlight, give it a good push, then take a long exposure of the physiogram. You can also achieve different kinds of effects by zooming in and out, or focusing in and out while the exposure is taking place. You can also use different colored lights, and blend them later in Photoshop. When you take the photo, I recommend using a 30 second (the maximum shutter time on most DSLR cameras, unfortunately) exposure, or, if you have a BULB mode on your camera, you can use that.

Examples of Physiography:

This last image was manipulated later on a computer.

You could theoretically create a physiogram with a sparkler too. Yep, a firework SPARKLER. How awesome would that be? I haven't done it before, however the idea would be to put your camera on the ground facing upwards underneath some protective glass. Tie the sparkler to a tree branch, weight it down somehow, and take the shot the same way you would take a regular physiogram.

You could also use a tripod pointing down at a mirror, with the light source above the mirror. This way you would capture the reflection, and you would be able to see through your viewfinder. I like using a wide angle lens and just putting my camera on the ground and taking the shot, however.

If your in a highschool photography class, this will totally flip people out. Most, if not everyone, will not know how you did it. At least that's how it was when I did it in highschool.

The Maglight Solitaire Flashlight is a neat little light that enables the head to be taken off, so it can be in "candle mode". This is great for physiograms and also any kind of light painting. You will definitely have an advantage when using it. You can easily change the colors later inside of Photoshop, or some other picture editing program by adjusting the Hue/Saturation and/or by creating a new layer with the blend mode set to Color, and then paint on that layer using a color brush.

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