Recently I collaborated with the Angel City Junior Derby on a themed group portrait. This was a sizable production as it involved getting 15 teens into wardrobe, hair, and makeup on a Saturday morning at 8 o'clock. Four makeup artists and two hair stylists worked for two hours to give the skaters the look chosen for the occasion, their individual takes on Keanu Reeve's hit-man John Wick. Everyone brought their very best and we were all happy with the finished image.
Editing the picture was quick. The young women looked formidable and fierce. Then... the team grew by two players. Can we add two players to the existing photo? A professional retoucher told me she couldn't be certain what she would charge for the job until she had seen all of the elements. We shot the new players in the same location at the same time of day and sent the pictures to the retoucher for an estimate which came to $200.
Turnaround time was a quick three days. Time was of the essence as the picture was needed for printed programs. Here is the finished result which also included extending the pants to meet the skates on the far left skater.
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines a composite photograph as a photograph made by combining several distinct photographs either made one over another on the same plate or made on one print from a number of negatives. Digital photography and photoshop have made this process more precise and seamless.