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How do you put a ghost in your picture?



To make your photographs of ghost towns look even more supernatural, you can work with double exposure to superimpose ghostlike images of people on buildings, streets and landscapes. A point-and-shoot camera or a digital camera. Take a picture of a friend or family member standing in a doorway or in front of a building. Keep the film in the camera from advancing. Older manual cameras are better for this technique. You may be able to use a manual crank to push the film back. With newer cameras, you may need to look through the camera's manual to find out exactly what to do. Then take another picture of the building or landscape without the person there. Be creative: have your subjects wear costumes, such as a ten-gallon hat or a long dress, and have them strike an eerie pose. Because of the dual exposure, the image of your friend or family member will be translucent and ghostly. To make the effect work, you will need to keep your camera still so that the patterns of the first and second shot fit together. You can take as many pictures as you like on one negative to create the look you want, although to avoid overexposure, it's best to overlap only two images at once.





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