The Making of a Composite Photograph

The making of a composite photograph was a complex operation requiring the close co-operation of artists and photographers under the supervision of William Notman. The artists, in consultation with the photographers, worked out a composition even to the individual posing of some of the figures, and prepared a sketch as a guide for the photographers. To achieve the correct perspective the photographers had to compute the distance from the camera at which each individual would be photographed and the size of the negative that would be used. Figures in the foreground of a large composite might be taken on an 8 x 10 plate while middle and background figures, which must appear smaller, were taken on 5 x 7 and 4 x 5 plates respectively. If the camera distance was off by more than a foot the figure in the composite would look too big or too small.
Stanley G. Triggs

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