Rick McKenzie

Home / Rick McKenzie

Rick McKenzie

Monday, January 10, 2022

Composite Imagery.  Adding More to Your Images.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Register-Button-PNG-Image.png

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 of compositing, 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 to which we are exposed.  In order to achieve a realistic or at least a believable outcome there are a few key things that you will need to know.  In this presentation we will explore, a few of the methods of subject extraction from a scene, perspective and how to deal with it properly, lighting and shadows, how to match the colour of added elements with that of the background and why you might want to try this.

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 40 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 an 11 Star Master rating at the club.

Rick McKenzie has received gold medals from The Canadian Association of Photographic Art (CAPA) in the categories of Close Up, Altered Reality, Monochrome and in Audio Visual Presentations.

Recently, Rick has written articles on water drop photography and making photo caricatures for The Canadian Association of Photographic Art (CAPA) magazine – Canadian Camera.  His latest adventure has been in the creation of book covers for several novels by the author Bonnie K.T. Dillabough.

NFRCC Speaker Series 2021 -2022