Royce Gracie
Here's another composite I whipped up this morning of MMA legend Royce Gracie. I took this a couple months ago when he was in town to promote some local Gracie Ju-Jitsu martial artists. 

When I started this image I decided to time myself to see how long it would take me to complete it. Since attending the +Google+ Photographer's Conference a couple months ago I have tried to post composites pretty regularly on G+. That makes for a lot of extra work. I started out trying to post one a day, but that got to be too much, and I really like to try and be fresh with my images, so it has slowed down a bit. The one really good thing about trying to post so often is that it MAKES me practice. I like to brand myself as a compositing specialist on G+, but I still do lots of other types of photography locally. As you might guess, not everybody wants composites. So, keeping my page up to date forces me to do more personal work, which is something that can be put aside when lots of client work is coming in. 

I kind of started this project on a whim today. I'm not really sure why... I guess it was because I watched the UFC event last weekend with my brother in law and it got me thinking about my unfinished Gracie photos. I'm glad I did though, because I'm pretty happy with the result. 

As far as the photos I used...I took the subject image (taken with 2 soft boxes and one octa), which was taken in the studio of Three Rivers Marial Arts, and combined it with a cracked parking lot and two separate brick walls I shot in Nashville last week. I figured since I had so many images it would take at least a couple of hours, but to my surprise I finished in about 62 minutes. Not bad, huh? The background was slightly tricky, as I had to tweak the walls to match each other and add some perspective.

I guess my point to this post is, practice every chance you can, and DON'T put it off. I've found the busier I get the harder it is for personal work, but that is the stuff that is the most important for growth. This image is proof that practicing so much has really reduced my working time to create a realistic looking composite. What might taken me 3 hours a couple months ago is only taking an hour now, and it's always good to be more efficient. 

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