The Painted Look

I've been doing more experimenting with a painterly look on my images.  The idea is to make the images more artistic by combining standard, retouched images with a paint filter, followed by use of the mixer brush and added brush strokes in Photoshop.

Here's an example of my latest with the before and after just below it.

After Image - "The Painted Look"

Tools of the Trade - a few of my favorite tools

Now that I've completely revamped my primary website ( and this blog, it's time to start posting again.  For this post I thought I would share the software tools I used most often for all of my image post-processing.  

Here's the breakdown in priority order...

1. Adobe Photoshop CC

This is the granddaddy of them all and my most often used "tool" and my favorite.  It's the most powerful and allows for the most creativity.  And, if it doesn't have something I need, I can always add plug-ins, fonts, create my own brushes and just about anything else.  Since I have a photography business on the side, I have no issue spending the $9.99 per month for the Photography package since it comes with Lightroom.

More Cheer Posters

Getting back to where it all started with cheer photography only this time with more experience and creativity at my disposal.  

Thanks to the boys and girls of Mason High School.

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2015-16 seniors

Beach Image Transformation

Created this more artistic composition in photoshop after completing the Creative B&W Photo Artistry course by Sebastian Michaels.  Although not black and white, I did use many of the techniques.



Portrait Photography and Photoshop composites

Here's a compilation of some of my photo shoots over the past year.  I mainly do natural light photography although I've also done a few headshot sessions using off camera flash and softboxes.  I also do quite a bit of photoshop work, mostly composites.

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Urban Exploration

Here's one image from a recent shoot in Graffiti Alley in Cincinnati, Ohio.  More specifically, it's in the Northside area of Cincinnati.  In any case, after editing the image I animated a graphic effect and converted to .GIF

Stylized Portraits

If you're following me on my Facebook page you will have already seen this and other examples, but thought it was worth sharing again on my website.  If you're interested in how I do it or if you'd like something similar, just shoot me an email at and I'll respond quickly.

It's essentially a high resolution portrait, in this case from one of my sessions, but then I edit in Lightroom and through a series of layers and hand drawn elements, get to this more stylized look.

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