In-camera effects were often used with older, non-digital cameras, but it seems to have made a comeback. What exciting new possibilities do in-camera effects offer photography that is not otherwise possible or difficult to recreate?
In the film days, multiple exposure was achieved by taking two photos on the same frame of film. As this would expose the film twice, much care needed to be taken to not overexpose the film. However, today’s high-end DSLRs (like my Nikon D810), have a built-in application for multiple exposures with a GAIN function that will do the maths and correct the exposure for me.
Do you predict any trends in in-camera effects in commercial fashion and beauty photography? What is the fascination with in-camera effects?
These techniques are practised by a few commercial photographers, especially those working with Lens-Baby. I think it offers a dreamlike element to the work, and what are we selling as commercial photographers if not dreams?!
What gear do you use to achieve your work?
Camera and support
The Nikon D810 allows me to shoot up to 10 frames per Multiple Exposure. A sturdy tripod is a must for pretty much all in-camera techniques. I use the Vanguard ABEO Pro 283AGH Aluminium Tripod with GH-300T Grip Head for studio work and the much lighter Vanguard VEO 235AP for location work.
This style of shooting is quite gear intensive. You will need a great bag to lug all your gear around. I have a bag for every occasion, but my favourite is the Heralder 51T as it doubles as a trolley bag and backpack.
Flash and continuous lighting
I use Photon lighting for studio work and Nikon speedlights for location work. I recently shot with the Rotolight AEOS which offers continuous and flash lighting in one unit, which is very exciting!