Text And Photography By Meredith Winn Published in Shooting
Mastering Multiplicity Step-By-Step:
Be mindful of your background and choose a location that isn?t too busy. Passing vehicles or the swaying branches of a tree might keep you from getting the end result that you desire. Find a quiet place where there?s little or no movement of anything in the background.
Your camera should remain fixed and stationary on the tripod during the entire photo shoot. This helps you avoid camera shake and will keep your images aligned. Using a wireless remote or self-timer is helpful. If you don?t have either of these, a friend to act as shutter release is always a third option!
A wide-angle lens leaves you room to move within your frame. Keep in mind that the subject shouldn?t occupy the same space occupied in the previous frames. An overlapping subject is a little trickier to edit in Photoshop.
Autofocus on your background, then switch to manual focus so your camera won?t change focus once you?re in the frame. I would advise against Shutter Priority mode, and take the photos in full Manual mode or Aperture Priority mode. This ensures that each frame will have consistent exposure and that your aperture is locked in.
Begin taking pictures! Put yourself in the frame and move yourself into different locations within the frame. As you?re beginning, you might want to practice with just two or three of you. The more frames to combine in postproduction, the harder it is to work them in Photoshop. In my example, there are four different versions of myself.
Now that all your photos have been taken, head over to your computer. Import your images into Photoshop. Click File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack. Click browse, select your images, and leave the alignment boxes unchecked since your camera was on a tripod. Wait for them to compile.
You should now see all your pictures in the Layers window. Select each layer and add a layer mask to each one. Do this by choosing the top layer, then select New Layer Mask (it?s located at the bottom of the layers window). A white box will appear beside the thumbnail. Repeat this process for each image. (For example, four images will require four layer masks.)