5 ways to create the perfect diptych

by Nina O’Connell

A diptych by description is a pair of pictures or carvings on two panels, usually hinged together.

Why use a diptych? A diptych is a wonderful way to pair two strong, technically sound images together. It lets the viewer delve into the details and beauty of what you saw; making parallel connections between the two.

1.  Appealing to the senses.

When we take photos, we want to feel a connection to them. Appealing to the senses is a great way to make that connection. Whether it is the smell or texture of a flower, a belly laugh, the taste of something delicious or seeing something through the eyes of someone else.

5 ways to create the perfect diptych photo

2. Different perspective of the same surroundings.

Shooting the same surroundings with a diptych in mind will help strengthen your photography. It encourages you to look at your surroundings in more than one way. Finding details you might have missed the first time around, while showing your viewer a different perspective of your subject.

5 ways to create the perfect diptych photo

3. Pairs.

Some things are just meant to be paired together. One did not exist without the other at one time. The missing link you could say.

5 ways to create the perfect diptych photo

5 ways to create the perfect diptych photo

4. To show emotion.

Perhaps one of the strongest diptychs you can put together. To some, emotion is the breath of life in an image. It can be shown in an expression, a moment, or even in tone.

5 ways to create the perfect diptych photo
*image by Sarah Lalone of Punch Photographic

5 ways to create the perfect diptych photo
*image by Sarah Lalone of Punch Photographic

5. Movement and Stillness.

Catching your subject in motion and then catching them perfectly still, is a great way to show contrast and pair two images together.

5 ways to create the perfect diptych photo

Bonus! Want a FREE diptych template?  We have two for you!

To install the Lightroom template follow these instructions:

  • Unzip the template once it’s downloaded.
  • In Lightroom, open the print module.
  • Right click on ‘user templates’.
  • Select ‘import’ and then find where the template was downloaded and choose it.

5 ways to create the perfect diptych photoNina O’Connell, Texas
Member Experience and Accounts Manager
Nina is an available light photographer who has a deep love for still life and portrait photography. She loves where light and shadows meet, as well as gorgeous tones. Inspired by simple, ordinary beauty, fashion and cinema; her love of photography began from wanting to document her son growing up.

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19 Responses to “5 ways to create the perfect diptych”

  1. May 28 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    great tutorial, Nina! i will be downloading the diptychs as soon as i get home!

    • Nina
      May 28 2014 at 5:13 pm #

      Thanks, Nina!

  2. justine
    May 28 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    I can’t open the zip file, it says my computer doesn’t have the application, am I doing something wrong?

    • Nina
      May 28 2014 at 6:11 pm #

      Hi Justine! I would try restarting your computer and trying it again.

  3. Crystal
    May 28 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    I’ve always wondered how to do this…thanks for sharing! One question though, is there a way to export this from lightroom or is it only for printing?

  4. Valerie
    May 28 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    Oh, this is wonderful. I struggle with this, so this was very helpful. Ty!!!

    • Nina
      May 29 2014 at 9:26 am #

      You’re welcome!

  5. May 28 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Thanks, Nina! <3

    • Nina
      May 29 2014 at 9:27 am #

      Welcome! <3

  6. May 28 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    i love this, nina! great article. :)

    • Nina
      May 29 2014 at 9:28 am #

      Thanks for letting me share those sweet boys of yours. <3

  7. May 29 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Love these photos, where can I download the free template?

    • Nina
      May 29 2014 at 8:04 pm #

      Hi Chantell! You can download the templates above. It’s located underneath the wording “Bonus”

      • Monica
        Jun 03 2014 at 10:25 pm #

        Fun stuff

  8. May 30 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    Fantastic thoughts and tips here. I love the different perspective for the same surrounding. Something I often overlook for sure.

  9. ilse
    Jun 01 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    Thanks Nina! great been looking for this for ages and bumped into this today!
    Best regards from spain! ;) <3

  10. Jul 18 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Thanks a bunch Nina…I was able to download it but in LR 5 I”m not finding the “user templates” in the Print Module…can you tell me where I should look?

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