From Tourist to Explorer Program Recording : May 6, 2021

J. Alan Whiteside 400wAlan believes people tend to photograph in one of two modes: either as a tourist or an explorer. Neither mode is right, and it’s OK to switch back and forth – as long as it’s a conscious decision. When thinking about his own images, he considers images made in explorer mode to be more compelling, meaning they convey something he thought or felt when he was making them, or they’re worth more than just a quick glance.

But being a photographic explorer takes effort and thought. In this presentation, Alan will address some of the factors he believes contribute to a successful image, as well as the thought process that led to images he considers successful.

He’ll offer tips to help photographers identify a vision, a story or idea; find visually interesting shapes, colors and elements; eliminate distractions and draw the viewer’s eye.

Says Alan: My reading and research led me to the idea that planning what you wanted the photo to be produced stronger images. Current digital cameras allow me to overcome many technical issues and my best photos (at least in my estimation) have come when I consider the full range of factors that contribute to successful images prior to pressing the shutter.”

Alan is a business and learining consultant who lives in Dallas.

Future Programs

  • June – ” Preparing for an Outing,” Ron Shue, award-winning club board member
  • July –  “Amon Carter Photography Exhibits,” John Rohrbach, Senior Curator of Photographs
  • August – “Photographing Dallas During the Pandemic,” Nikola Olic, abstract/structure photographer

Safari in Zambia Program Recording: April 1, 2021

Lifetime Member Tom SavageJoin us to view images from a 2020 safari in Zambia presented by Tom Savage. Tom is a Lifetime Member of Fort Worth Camera Club, and regularly travels to Africa to find his award-winning images.

This trip was cut short by the rapid spread of the corona virus and subsequent border closings on the African continent. But the animals were busy: I saw things I had never seen before, says Tom.

The Swartz Brothers Legacy Program Recording: March 4, 2021

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Richard Selcer 400wJohn, David and Charles Swartz moved from Virginia to Fort Worth in the late nineteenth century and established a photo studio.  The Swartz brothers made a visual record of the years when Fort Worth grew from a frontier outpost to a bustling western city.  Their most famous legacy is the photo of the Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and friends, which was made in the brothers’ studio in November 1900.  

Join our March first Thursday meeting to learn more about the Swartz brothers from historian Richard Selcer.  Selcer was born in Fort Worth in 1950, the same year that Leonard Brothers Department Store installed the city’s first escalator and when the statue of Will Rogers was dedicated in front of Will Rogers Coliseum.

Selcer’s other books include Hell’s Half-Acre: The Life and Legend of a Red-light District (TCU, 1991), Lee vs. Pickett: Two Divided by War (Thomas Pubs., 1995), and Legendary Watering Holes: The Saloons That Made Texas Famous (Texas A&M Press, 1994). Learn more.

Selcer also leads walking tours and bus tours of Fort Worth. His favorite themes on those tours are crime and vice, trail-driving days, the Stockyards and Fort Worth’s black and ethnic history. 

Selcer is a graduate of Austin College and earned a doctorate from TCU. He has taught at Tarrant County College, Dallas County Community College, among others in Texas, the U.S. and eastern Europe. He is a member of the Tarrant County Historical Commission.

Natural Storytelling Recording: Feb. 4, 2021

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  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021
  • Russell Graves, Wildlife Photo Essays
  • Online via Zoom; login with meeting ID: 876 1061 8904 and passcode 035008 (for this meeting only)

Russell Graves 400w copyJoin us online to learn Natural Storytelling: Your Guide to the Ultimate Wildlife Photo Essay, presented by Russell Graves.

Says Russell, “Photo essays use many images combined with minimal text to present information in a narrative fashion. They are becoming increasingly popular forms of journalism and are a great way for non-journalist photographers to tell a fantastic story utilizing several images.”

Russell, a long-time photojournalist, will take you through the methods he utilizes when producing wildlife photo essays, If you’ve read any Texas-based magazines over the past 25 years chances are you’ve seen some of Russell’s photos, movies or read some of his words.  Since 1989, he’s been traveling the state telling authentic Texas stories with his camera and his words – both written and spoken.

A graduate of Dodd City High School and East Texas State University, Russell was an agricultural science teacher in Childress for 16 years where he was named Texas Agriscience Teacher of the Year on three occasions. He lives with his family on a farm near Dodd City, in Fannin County, northeast of the DFW Metroplex.

Adventures in Photography Program Recording: Jan. 7, 2021

Join David Morgan as he recounts his adventures and shares wildlife and landscape images he made while spending almost four months on the road this summer. From June until the first week in September, David lived out of his Jeep as he photographed his way through Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and California.

David Morgan is a master photographer and member of Fort Worth Camera Club. David’s award-winning work includes wildlife, landscape and travel photography.