The Seamless Composite

Drake Busath M.Photog.Cr.

Aristotle once said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” In this video class, Drake Busath shows you how that quote can be true in family portraits as he creates a seamless composite that would make Aristotle proud!

Why might composites be the way to go when you’ve got a large family to photograph? Well, it’s a lighting nightmare and how often do you get 15 or more family members to smile perfectly at the same time? So roll up your sleeves and get ready for Drake’s step-by-step instructions for photographing the big family in segments. You’ll learn about…

  • The best type of lighting and poses to capture for each group with the final image in mind.
  • Making measurements for all aspects of the setup so you can get images sized and positioned just right for the final composite.
  • Handling the computer and Photoshop part of the composite, which the techies will love and even the non-geeks will understand, thanks to Drake’s easy explanations.
  • Guidelines for creating that composite image that you’ll want to write down and save!

Next time you get that big family portrait request, you’ll be ready. (And hey, think of all the other ways you could use these compositing skills for your different photographic needs!)

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Drake Busath Bio

"Raised in a darkroom," as the son of a photographer, Drake Busath has devoted his life to his craft. Today, Drake and his sons – the 3rd generation of Busaths – manage Busath Studio & Gardens and just celebrated a major milestone, having surpassed the 75,000th mark in unique photo sessions! Busath Studio generates over $1 million a year in portraiture, specializing in families, graduates, children and business portraits.

When Drake is not in his studio, you can find him touring the world as the owner of, which offers photographic tours abroad. Theses tours, which focus on small village and landscape experiences, go throughout regions of Tuscany, Venice, Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast. Busath is fluent in Italian and has lived in these areas, so he's the perfect instructor! Drake has recently increased his workshops, offering tours through Nepal, France and the beauty of his native Utah.

Drake is also a sought-after teacher and speaker, having lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. He's a charter member of the elite XXV Society, and his work has been featured four times on the cover of Professional Photographer as well as received numerous PPA Loan Collection honors. It's no surprise that Drake has been awarded the PPA National Award for lifetime service, as well as Best of State from 2010-2015 for Photographic Portraiture in Utah. 

Drake Busath is a great example of a photographer's life well-lived, surrounded by a perfect balance of family, colleagues, students and clients!