在 19 世纪 80 年代，在数码摄影和编辑出现之前，合成肖像画是使用一种允许在同一摄影板上进行多次曝光的技术制作的。然而，如今，通过使用图层，蒙版和模糊来混合单独的图像。照片的蒙太奇，其中一个场景被拍摄成小块然后组合，而多重性，即一个人在同一场景中被多次捕获，也可以创建合成照片。焦点堆叠是从不同角度或焦点捕获场景，然后将其混合成一个角度或焦点，这是用于创建大景深的另一种技术。
Some types of photography are created by combining multiple images to create one composite image. Composite photography requires post-processing and editing of two or more shots to produce a layered shot that still looks cohesive.
In the 1880s, way before digital photography and editing existed, composite portraiture was being produced using a technique that allowed multiple exposures to be taken on the same photographic plate. These days though, separate images are blended by using layers, masks, and blurs. Montages of photos, where a scene is photographed in small chunks and then combined, and multiplicity, in which a person is captured multiple times in the same scene, can also create a composite photograph. Focus stacking, where a scene is captured from different angles or points of focus and then blended into one, is another technique used to create a large depth of field.
These types of photographs can create unique, artistic, and editorial images that are incredibly creative and often very striking. Due to their relative complexity, they also take longer to produce.