Composite Photography? What is that?

You’re getting into photography, looking on Instagram and Facebook for inspiration, and BOOM!!!

You see one of the coolest photos you’ve ever seen in your entire life.

“One”, you think, “That’s freaking cool!” and “Two, what kind of photograph is that?”, and finally “Three, how in the world did they create it?”

This was the exact experience I had the first time I laid eyes on commercial photographer, Dave Hill’s Composites. I Googled, I searched, and I read all in an effort to find out what this crazy-looking photography was, and more importantly, how I could learn to do it.

So, today I’m going to introduce you to the world of Composite Photography?

Explaining Composite Photography

Let me jump to the chase and explain what Composite Photography is, then later I’ll show you some examples from my library of work.

According to Wikipedia, “Compositing is the combining of visual elements from separate sources into single images, often to create the illusion that all those elements are parts of the same scene.”

MCP’s definition…

Composite Photography is the blending of two or more photos into one Amazing Image.”

In other words, take 2 photos, smash them together, and you have a Composite. Back in the olden days of film, a double exposure could be considered a Composite.

I could keep going on but it’s much easier to just show you what a Photo Composite looks like.

composited portrait of glazer family in dallas tx

composite photography portrait of tyson chandler family

composite photography of the dallas zoo and cesare family by dallas portrait photographer jason ulsrud

bass pro fishing composite photography by jason ulsrud of photillustrator

composited portrait of dan and stephanie fine of dallas tx

Resources to Help Get Started

If you’re interested in Composite Photography, there are a ton of both free and paid resources out there to help guide you. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a pro photographer, there’s something for everyone.

Free on YouTube

The Creative Portrait Channel (Yep, that one’s mine)


Glyn Dewis

Premium Tutorials

The Creative Portrait on Patreon



You can’t go wrong with any one of these resources and all are excellent places to get started with your Composite Photography journey.

Now, what’s one question you have about Composite Photography? Leave a comment below and ask away!

Comments (14)

You are doing great job. Tried many tutorials but you made me perfect. It’s fun learning everytime I see your blog.

Great to hear and thanks for your comment.

Just want to thank you for building such a great website! There is so much helpful information here.

I read this article, ended up going through your entire site and was blown away by your work. You bring about a fun element to what would usually be boring family portraits. You are truly gifted.

Thanks so much Tim. Happy you enjoyed it.

This blog is an important way to know about composite photography.

Awesome work man. For someone new to composite work, and only a few months into photography, would you recommend Adrians class first?

Adrian is a great Composite Photographer so I’m sure you’ll learn a lot.

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