Speaker: Rick McKenzie (Photo Compositing – Putting More Into Your Images)

Speaker: Rick McKenzie (Photo Compositing – Putting More Into Your Images)

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Date(s) - Tuesday, September 8, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Photo Compositing (Putting More into Your Images)

As photographers we are always on the lookout for new and interesting subjects. This can be an elusive and occasionally frustrating pursuit. Sometimes, you are able to capture an interesting background but maybe you feel that you want or need to add something to tell the story or at least add a little more interest. One way to approach this is to photograph the elements separately and then blend everything together later. The concept, although not new to photography has been taken to a new level with today’s modern digital techniques. It is now becoming more and more popular in the everyday images that we are exposed to. In order to achieve a realistic or at least a believable outcome there are a few key things that you need to know.

In this presentation, I will discuss the importance of the story concept, lighting, shadows, perspective, and colour matching of the elements in order to make the final composite look as authentic as possible.


Rick, a lifelong resident of Dundas, Ontario Canada, has had an interest in photography since he picked up his parents’ Kodak Brownie in the 1960s. Courses at Mohawk College and The Dundas Valley School of Art were his formal training. As a graduate of McMaster Biology and then as an Electron Microscopy technologist at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences for 35 plus years, his learning of photographic and digital techniques continued, as did his appreciation for detail. In addition, Rick has learned from many individuals over the years and attributes a lot of his inspiration to the members of the Hamilton Camera Club. Currently Rick holds a 10 Star Master rating at the club.

Rick McKenzie has received gold medals from The Canadian Association of Photographic Art (CAPA) and has also had his work featured in The Canadian Association of Photographic Art (CAPA) magazine – Canadian Camera “Making a Splash-Water Drop Photography” Summer 2018, “Photo Caricatures”, Autumn 2020 and in several juried shows including: The Burlington Audio Visual Festival https://vimeo.com/rickmckenzie9/videos

Many of Rick’s images hang in local homes, offices and currently he has a display at the Mutchmor Gallery in Providence Bay on Manitoulin Island.

Recently, (2019-2020), he had three of his images published as the covers for the novels, “The House on Infinity Loop”, “Infinity on Fire” and “Mirrors of Infinity” by Bonnie Dillabough (available at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and at Barnes and Noble). He has also had cover images published for the novels, “Android Love” and “The Earth Shrugged” by Glenn L Erickson.


Through my photographs, I like to share the world I see and imagine with others.  I use both the camera and computer to produce my photographic art. The camera is employed as a tool with the intention of imparting a sense of realism to the scene while the computer allows for modifications to the story, which can present the viewer with a different perspective on the world around them. In each image, I hope to help the viewer feel that she/he is seeing the familiar but in a different way.



Please Note: These are scheduled as online meetings through December and a Zoom link will be sent out in advance of each meeting.  Duration of the meetings will normally be an hour and a half, unless otherwise posted.