chapter  14
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Composites

Composite images Since the early days of photography photographers have been producing composite images. The work of Henry Peach Robinson (1830-1901) is one of the first competent, and by the acceptance standards of the day almost convincing, attempts at combining various photographic elements to create a single narrative image. Today digital capture combined with digital post production can achieve the seemingly impossible, from the complex effects contained in most movies to the simplicity of a studio product shot. A situation or subject that a few years ago may have required many hours of intricate lighting can now be achieved with far greater economy of effort and cost by lighting the different elements to their best effect and combining in post production to achieve the desired result.