Photography

35 Surreal Examples of Multiplicity Photography

May 27th, 2010

Multiplicity is a photography technique in which the same person is photographed from different angles and directions and then the bunch of photographs are digitally re-mastered in Photoshop showing clones of the person doing different things all in one photo.

Today we present 35 Surreal Examples of Multiplicity Photography to inspire you. Photography and Photoshop go hand in hand. Multiplicity Photography is the real test of your patience as you may have to work for hours to get the right shots mainly because of different angles, props and clothes used in pre-production. And finally when you have the images, you have to work on different techniques (blending, layering, curving etc) in Photoshop to paste all the images in one single photo. Enjoy.

Surreal Examples of Multiplicity Photography

what you don’t know can indeed hurt you

what you don't know can indeed hurt you

Wet Willy Multiplicity

Wet Willy Multiplicity

Multiplicity, falling

Multiplicity, falling

Creepy Multiplicity

Creepy Multiplicity

uh.. thats MY glass, silly..

uh.. thats MY glass, silly..

Multiplicity – Guest Room

Multiplicity - Guest Room

Macbook

Macbook

B-Boy multiplicity

B-Boy multiplicity

We hate it when our friends become successful

We hate it when our friends become successful

Cleo and her 21 brothers & sisters

Cleo and her 21 brothers & sisters

The Unconscious

The Unconscious

Multiplicity part 1

Multiplicity part 1

that would be a handful…

that would be a handful...

Too many cooks…..

Too many cooks.....

Multiplicity

Multiplicity

Day 192: Just the Two of Us.

Day 192: Just the Two of Us

Multiplicity

Multiplicity

Multiplicity

Multiplicity

Multiplicity – Meanies x2, Victim x1

Multiplicity - Meanies x2, Victim x1

Multiplicity

Multiplicity

Dental Multiplicity – Self Portrait

Dental Multiplicity - Self Portrait

Multiplicity

Multiplicity

Family multiplicity

Family multiplicity

Beggars Can’t be Choosers

Beggars Can't be Choosers

365 Days – Day 71 – Hippy Tree Huggers

365 Days - Day 71 - Hippy Tree Huggers

Come on feel the Illinoise

Come on feel the Illinoise

Multiplicity in Redwood Forest

Multiplicity in Redwood Forest

stavlin

stavlin

Day 242 of 365

Day 242 of 365

Working in the Library

Working in the Library

My clones ball

My clones ball

Multiplicity

Multiplicity

Multiplicity

Multiplicity

Violence at Work (Multiplicity)

Violence at Work (Multiplicity)

The Home Office

The Home Office

Bhanu Ahluwalia is a graduate in Computer Science and a social media enthusiast from India. He specializes in web design by qualification and photography by passion. He is an avid blogger, running TutZone and co-authoring DesignUnder and SloDive. You can reach him via Twitter.

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Deepak Kaletha
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6 years 4 months ago

Great collection

Jayakumar
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Jayakumar
6 years 4 months ago

Great
super

Not at all possible to live with out any commend for this !!!!

whoaugh ………..

Drew
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6 years 4 months ago

Wonderful, how much fun is this!

Camera, Photoshop, fun!

The MoonKeeper
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6 years 4 months ago

Some really good pieces! Now I want to go straight to Curry’s and buy that damn Nikon D90 DSLR camera to make some wicked Photos!

Adi
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Adi
6 years 3 months ago

D90??? No way man, is a piece of crap! Go for D300!

brian
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brian
6 years 3 months ago

you are aware that the d90 and d300 have literally the same exact image resolution, megapixels, sensor size, etc..right??

Ernesto
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Ernesto
6 years 3 months ago

I would recommend a lot the sony alpha 600 guys, but it’s only a suggestion.

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 10 months ago

D90 and D300 are very very different. Similar sensor, not the same. D300 has great autofocus, D90 autofocus is very frustrating. D300 has full magnesium body, stronger shutter. Shoots more FPS. Doesn’t look like a toy, etc. Huge differences.

rob
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rob
6 years 2 months ago

D90 rocks. It feels solid.

Angelo
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Angelo
6 years 2 months ago

Very true

esranull
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6 years 4 months ago

very fun thanks a lot

Jordan Walker
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6 years 4 months ago

Schizophrenic.

BC
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6 years 4 months ago

Nice !!!
We’ve made a video with this type of operation :
http://www.vimeo.com/10690396

Pablo Vargas
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6 years 4 months ago

I did my picture too

Laira
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6 years 4 months ago

Quite good photography.good technique… Impressive…

waikit
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waikit
6 years 4 months ago

That bboy picture is actually of me!

Jay Philips
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6 years 4 months ago

Nice collection. I especially like “Cleo and her 21 brothers & sisters”

Scott Corgan
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6 years 4 months ago

Oh, I remember that movie, with Michael Keaton! This list of photos is ALMOST as good as that movie! Great! :)

Gilles
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6 years 4 months ago

Martin Liebscher is a great photograph in this type
m-liebscher.de/familie.htm

Markus Danek
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6 years 4 months ago

Great collection, love it!

Lukas
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6 years 4 months ago

Wicked! I am so going to try this :) Thank you!

Kris
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6 years 4 months ago

another one :)

Mac
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6 years 4 months ago
Jonathan
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Jonathan
6 years 4 months ago

another one:

Billy
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6 years 4 months ago

i have one to submit to rival the collection!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/billyquach/4585270189/sizes/l/

i love noupe by the way.

kris
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kris
6 years 4 months ago

Awesome post!!
I want to do something similar with photos for my band and this has provided me with some serious inspiration!

Andreas
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6 years 4 months ago

Great collection! Here’s one more :) http://www.flickr.com/photos/agraulich/2465710400/

element321
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6 years 4 months ago

Great collection! I love seeing images of this type.

Elliott Rodgers
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6 years 4 months ago

Amazing! So tempted to have a go myself!

Bryce Wisekal
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6 years 4 months ago

Awesome collection! Shared!

fuzzimo
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6 years 4 months ago

That’s some pretty funny stuff. I’d have to try it someday.

jmleclercq
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6 years 4 months ago

Great collection !

Lee Gustin
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6 years 3 months ago

Great Multiplicity photos!! I have always wanted to try one of these, and maybe now I will that I’ve seen these great inspirational ones.

Greg
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6 years 3 months ago

If you want to see some cool multiplicity photos check out Cameron Jinks, these photos where taken over 3 years where he gained weight, lost weight and changed his facial appearance.

http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/artist_profile/Cameron+Jinks/42259.html

Sam
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Sam
6 years 3 months ago

Its Great

Andre
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6 years 3 months ago

Superb stuff!! I’ve been playing with this idea recently. Working out the shadows is the tricky part.

Great!!

Tom
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6 years 3 months ago

Haha I made some things like this back in highschool a number of years ago! Fun to create!!

Kent Tan
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6 years 3 months ago

Amazing collection! I like the last one – how did they photoshop everything so nicely together?

Joelsk
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6 years 3 months ago

Here’s one i did about a year ago.

Todd S. Jones
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6 years 3 months ago

Great stuff! Going to give this a try.

taher
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6 years 3 months ago

fine & fine
look like & then…………………..

Klassi K
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Klassi K
6 years 3 months ago

This is creativity. Absolutely amazing! Gonna try this.

Eric Rasch
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6 years 3 months ago

These are great examples! I tried one of my own a year or so ago with kids: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rasch/2874001333/in/set-72157607405026393/

Amber
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Amber
6 years 3 months ago

The “Violence at Work” reminds me of Fight Club.

Jackey Daswani
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Jackey Daswani
6 years 3 months ago

Great Job with Imagination!

dharma
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6 years 3 months ago

is this suitable for add to the collection?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dharmastyle/3348121738/sizes/l/

Benjamín Wilson
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6 years 3 months ago
Dr. Jones
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Dr. Jones
6 years 3 months ago

So you shot a base plate image, then individual shots and then photoshopped them in. Big whoop. If the concepts were more interesting, i.e. told some sort of story or had some sort of point, I could look past it. But there is nothing more here than technique, and not a very original or difficult one.

bruce
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bruce
5 years 8 months ago

I wrote something similar to yours but evidently I didn’t put it as nicely as you did because they didn’t print it.

Jae Xavier
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6 years 3 months ago

lolool… so many ideas. so awesome.

Fun
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6 years 3 months ago

Superrr! I copied some photos and I will save them :)

Mark moran
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Mark moran
6 years 3 months ago

Check out Irish photographer Rob O’ Connor. His recent work is incredible and features multiplicity

http://www.rocshot.com

Jan
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Jan
6 years 3 months ago

Hi all,

you have seen nothing yet.

This guy took panos with himself hundreds of times in it:

More panos like this to be found here:
http://www.m-liebscher.de/net/familie.htm

English language video with a few explanations:
http://www.m-liebscher.de/shows/09creteil01.htm

3500 images, 3 days shooting, 6 months after-processing

Jan

Sarah
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6 years 3 months ago

Great photos and idea!! Thanks for sharing :)

Vino
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Vino
6 years 3 months ago

Great collections :) thanks for sharing

gezaborbely
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gezaborbely
6 years 3 months ago
Sylvia
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Sylvia
6 years 3 months ago

These were unbelievable. Would love to be able to produce such amazing photos, but just have a little point and shoot.

matt
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matt
6 years 3 months ago

I dont usually do a lot of commenting but why not do a slightly shorter list and weed out some of the ones with the really crappy photoshopping jobs. It would keep the list hq, not just having every example one can find.

David J
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David J
6 years 3 months ago

Wow, too many people. And most (all?) aren’t even Chinese.

algdfa
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6 years 3 months ago

Wow, too many people. And most (all?) aren’t even Chinese.

Me
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6 years 3 months ago

Wow.Yeah.Cool.[yeah right this is so not cool]

Wolf
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6 years 3 months ago
Faire des économies
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6 years 3 months ago

Wonderful photos!

Tmo
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6 years 2 months ago
Karma
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Karma
6 years 2 months ago

The first one, I know her..or OF her should I say because she takes awesome pics! I am a fan of her collection on flickr :) Her name is Rebekkah and she’s from Iceland. Fabulous pics!

Kaleem Akhter
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6 years 2 months ago

nice all is very cool i like everyone.

NEJOFRIK
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6 years 2 months ago

GENIAL

Zahra
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6 years 2 months ago

cool!!! Know of any tutorials on how to do it? :D

parker
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parker
6 years 2 months ago

This is so much easier than you think.
I did this: http://bit.ly/c6debS in less than five minutes.
Third time I had ever used PhotoShop: Beginner.
Tutorial I made for my brother: http://bit.ly/98nSBO

good luck!
leave me a question on the YT page if you want.

John
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6 years 2 months ago

Wow those are indeed surreal. I love the first one very creative idea using the mirror image! I wish I was talented enough to come up with these types of things on my own but now that I’ve seen some of them I might give em a try just to test out my own photography and editing skills.

Stefan SERBIA
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Stefan SERBIA
6 years 1 month ago

I have made this one, UP :) …..

Al
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Al
6 years 1 month ago

I am a bedbug and I find this rude.

Joshua Ludd
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Joshua Ludd
6 years 1 month ago

This was already done to death a decade ago.

Tom
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6 years 1 month ago

These are always fun. I did it with my son a while back.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29969681@N04/4524615165/

Ashley
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6 years 1 month ago
Keither Alvord
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5 years 8 months ago

the lighting is perfect in that.
I went through some of the other pictures on your photostream. they’re pretty good.

Nik
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6 years 8 days ago

Oh wow! Those are great. I was able to experiment with some Roller Derby Girls here:

Kütahya Porselen
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5 years 11 months ago

Ich denke, dies ist eine großartige Nachricht. Eine Sache, die ich am meisten hilfreich finden, ist Nummer fünf. Manchmal, wenn ich schreibe, ich lass den Fluss der Worte und Informationen kommen so sehr, dass ich locker den Zweck. Es ist nur nach der Bearbeitung, wenn ich merke, was ich getan habe. Es ist trotzig eine Menge toller Tipps hier werde ich versuchen, mehr bewusst.

sharmaine bowers
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sharmaine bowers
5 years 11 months ago

Hey ALL of these are wonderful. If anyone out there can answer my next question, I would be so greatful. Is there any possible way that I can do these clones/multiplicities without using photoshop? I would love to do these but CANNOT afford Photoshop at all. Is there a free program that would allow me to do this type of work? I would be greatful for an answer. TY. Sharmaine

Paul T
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5 years 11 months ago

Ok. I’m dizzy now.

Mac-xime
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5 years 11 months ago
Craig
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5 years 11 months ago

Hey, these are fantastic :-) they mess with the mind a bit, this is a great collection, Thanks!

too many dogs, not enough barking
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too many dogs, not enough barking
5 years 10 months ago

udana
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5 years 10 months ago

really really good..i want try like this one

hannah
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5 years 9 months ago

Hi. I have written a tutorial for how to create these type of images, http://www.photoshopbuzz.com/362/multiplicity-image-photoshop/

Jeeem
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5 years 5 months ago

Thanks Hannah,

I was hoping somebody would place a “How To” on here. I’ll have to try this.

-Jeeem-

vit
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vit
5 years 8 months ago

amazing shoots! i would try to make it, any tips?

bruce
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bruce
5 years 8 months ago

This is the first time that I have seen these types of pictures. Although there are a couple that are at least mildly interesting only one “multiplicity” shows any kind of mental complexity by the photographer. The rest are just adolescent or uninspired and totally undeserving of a second look, and to them I say “take out your trash, it stinks”.

bruce
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bruce
5 years 8 months ago

Why did you not print my comment, to honest?

shapewear
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5 years 8 months ago

These are very good, I tried making one myself but they didn’t look as good as those.

Olli
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5 years 7 months ago

I did a similar picture some years ago: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73764225@N00/1284390151/

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