Introduction to Compositing Recording Workshop: May 17, 2022

The goal of this workshop is to acquaint participants with  photo compositing and with both the fun and usefulness of doing composites. Compositing can be used for much more than just creating photographs of the impossible.

The first composites (photomontages) were done in the middle of the 19th century and have become easier and more fantastic over time. Composites can be art for art’s sake, very similar to painting, in which the only restriction is your imagination. But compositing has its practical side: you can save a commercial shoot, repair a photograph, make better vacation shots or create pictures like they do in movies without that expense. We look at some examples, provide a few tips and demonstrate Photoshop tools.

Hal Wallar, MD

Hal is a long-time Fort Worth Camera Club member who serves on the Competition Committee. 

He is a published and award-winning photographer who has had a lifelong interest in photography and art. He obtained his first camera as a kid (Argus A4) and utilized a darkroom in the family garage.

Hal was trained as an eye surgeon and spent his career years in this vocation as well as training other ophthalmologists as a faculty member of the Department of Ophthalmology of Loma Linda University, California.

Photography is an easy hobby for many ophthalmologists to identify with, as they are trained in optics and deal every day with the ultimate camera, the human eye. After his career as an eye surgeon, he pursued his passion in photography and image creation, the potential of which has been vastly broadened in scope and artistic possibilities by the digital age.

He enjoys sharing these new possibilities and helping others achieve the image potential that this field offers. His photographic pursuits have ranged from technical to fine art photography, and he has served as an author, presenter and judge.