A lot of people may wonder just what Composite Photography is. Well, let me tell you. Composite photography is a image that is created combining several distinct photographs either made one over the other in the same plate or made on one print using a number of negatives. These images are usually created in Post-production in Photoshop where with the right skills the sky is the limit to what you can create.
Take the images above. For these images I used a basic shot of a pose and then added my subject to a pre-shot background, then added in some details to make the image exactly how I wanted it to look.
Take the image of my daughter above as an angel. Typically when I begin a composite I already know how I want the outcome of my image to look in the end. So I already knew how I wanted my daughter to pose for this image. So placing her in one of our Studio Wardrobe Dresses I took the image of the pose I wanted. Then I went into my archives and found a background I wanted to use.
Once I had both of these selected, I can start the real work. This includes using photoshop to select and carefully clip my subject from one photo and adding her to the other. From start to finish this can take anywhere from 1-4 hrs depending on the details, size, and matching I need to do to make my subject matching the lighting, color, and look of the background. Once I am happy with the way things look I can then add my details, in this case the wings and feathers. These are strategically placed to make my image just the way I want it to look. And waa-la. A finished composite image.
This has to be one of my favorite things to do and really allows me to expand my creativity with my photos. I have opened this awesome photography to my clients and are now offering composite sessions where I can create a one of a kind piece of art using your images to hang on your walls. Just take a look here for more info on my composite sessions or contact me.