Ask any competent photographer or Photoshop artist, who also has some sense of humour, about composite photographs. They’re easy to make — the tabloids have been using them for years. It’s a photo where someone has been added to a group, someone’s face has been used on the body of another person, or an entirely new photograph is created simply by using composite parts.
This is a very useful dirty trick and one that bears the stamp of approval of the CIA and the FBI. For years, they used a badly done composite photo as “evidence” that Lee Harvey Oswald was John Kennedy’s killer — a totally preposterous lie. That famous photo showing Oswald holding a rifle and a Communist journal graced the cover of LIFE magazine. It’s a composite photograph — a fake photo. That’s not Lee Oswald. So, if the CIA and FBI can fool millions of Americans, surely you can use composite photos to good advantage, if you too want to make someone out to be a patsy.
Unless you’re competent in photography, Photoshop, including copying, darkroom technique, and minor retouching/airbrushing, you’d best forget this one — unless you have a very trusted friend who will help you. However, done well, the uses of composites are limited only by your imagination. Here are some examples:
1. “photo” showing the mark leaving a motel room with a person of the opposite sex.
2. “photo” sent anonymously to the police showing the mark or the mark‘s vehicle engaged in some illegal activity like poaching, dealing drugs, or corrupting the morals of minors. Be sure the license number of the vehicle is visible.
3. “photo” showing the mark‘s spouse nude and in a compromising pose with a companion — human, animal, or whatever.
4. “photo” showing the mark in a compromising situation with a person of the same sex could be sent to the mark‘s employer.