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.

Use Online Tools to Find Birds Workshop Recording: April 19, 2022

Long-eared Owl

The modern smartphone offers tremendous opportunities for the birder / photographer to research localities for migrating and resident birds. We will be exploring the following apps which are available to us:

  • iBird Pro (iPhone)
  • Merlin Bird ID
  • eBird
  • BirdsEye

(the later three are also available for android phones). Install the apps on your phone prior to the workshop so that you can better follow along with the presentation. I will be demonstrating their use on local birding hotspots as well as my past road trips.

Charles Morris is an avid bird photographer who won the 2018 Photograph of the Year, and the 2020 Digital Photograph of the Year with his work with hummingbirds. He just completed a road trip from McAllen, Texas (where he photographed the Bat Falcon), through South Padre Island, and RockPort Texas (capturing the Whooping cranes),

Charles Morris

Advanced Masking in Lightroom Workshop Recording: March 15, 2022

  • Listen to a recording of this presentation (expires March 25):

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, 2022
  • Advanced Masking in Adobe Lightroom
  • Zoom login: Meeting ID: 889 1092 1227 
  • Presented by Ron Shue
  • Images: Before and After Masking examples by Ron

In the latest update of Lightroom editing software, Adobe introduced a very powerful set of masking tools that opens a whole new way of thinking about what Lightroom can do for your image workflow

In this workshop we’ll go through each of the elements of the new capabilities with examples to help everyone kickstart their exploration of these new tools.

Ron is a retired director from Lockheed Martin, who has been a photographer for more than 20 years – shooting exclusively digital starting in 2002.  He is a member of our Fort Worth Club and he is also a member and president of the Cowtown Camera Club.

Ron primarily shoots landscape and wildlife with the occasional rodeo and drag racing event thrown in for extra excitement. 

Lightroom Tips Workshop Handouts: Feb. 15, 2022

Missed this workshop? View handouts above.

It’s easy to get started with Lightoom. But once you’ve mastered the basics, there’s so much more to learn. Says Roy, “It’s an astoundingly full-featured program, so much so that it can be easy to overlook features. He will be present tips, tricks and hidden features that make working with Lightroom easier and more efficient – and maybe even more enjoyable.”

Roy O’Rear, Fort Worth Camera Club

He’ll discuss:

  • Customizing the interface to match your workflow.
  • Finding photos with particular attributes.
  • Checking for missing files.
  • Creating export presets specifically for FWCC competitions and challenges.
  • Correcting capture time on photos taken in a different time zone.
  • Using the hidden previews in the Develop panel.
  • And much more!

Roy O’Rear is long-time member and past president of Fort Worth Camera Club. His images regularly win awards in the club’s monthly competition. He enjoys learning new photography techniques and software, and then sharing with others.

Roy also plays an important role for our club; he is in charge of receiving and categorizing all digital images for competition, photo challenge and outings.

Composition Beyond the Basics Workshop: Jan. 18, 2022

Learn how Master photographer Robert Chura visualizes and composes his award-winning photos at our first workshop of 2022.

This will be a discussion on the basics of Composition and a further look beyond the basic rules, says Robert. The workshop also will discuss how to implement principles of composition during and after the image has been created.

Robert was named the club’s digital Photographer of the Year in 2021 in the Master class, one of many awards he has received during his more than 30 years as a club member.

Says Robert: “I like to think of myself as a producer of fine-art prints and truly strive for the final image on the wall to be of high quality rather than a producer of images to be bought and sold en mass. His prints have been sold to private collectors and exhibited in various area shows where they regularly win ribbons.

He is a Lifetime member of the Fort Worth Camera Club and held several offices and board positions during the years, including president in 1988.

Previous club awards in have been Photographer of the Year in Black and White Prints in 1988, Master Class Print Photographer of the year for 1996, 2008, 2010, 2011 ,2012 and 2016 and 10 Print of the Year Awards.

Robert often can be found around abandoned buildings: “I  post every day on the Facebook Page Abandoned Texas. I also like wildlife (mainly birds) and several of my images have been featured on various Facebook pages.”

Future Workshops

These Workshops are scheduled in 2022. Workshops will be held by Zoom, and a recording will be made available for five days after the Workshop. If you have suggestions for speakers or topics, contact us at

FEB 15           Lightroom Tips                  Roy O’Rear

MAR 15         Lightroom Masks.              Ron Shue

APR 19           Bird Photography              Charles Morris

JUN 21           Abandoned Locations      Robert Chura