Virtual Photography is a process where individuals and groups can be photographed in one location, specifically a studio setting, and placed in another setting to make them appear as though they were in another location or against a unique background. In the illustration below, this woman was part of a group who came to the studio to be photographed. While there, marketing staff decided they would like to have the women appear against a unique background. The women were photographed against a white background, removed from the background in post processing, and placed against one of numerous archived backgrounds.
This same photo shoot involved creating a group photo of 6 women. The marketing staff wanted them photographed against a weathered brick wall. Weather, distance, and time of day, along with other scheduling logistics made it impossible to take the photograph on location. The women were photographed in pairs. A weathered brick wall was found at the Mill City Museum. All of the women were brought together in the final image.
To get the scale of the wall correct, I took a photo of myself standing against the wall so that I would know what a 5'6" person would look like. The women were scaled against my size in the final image.