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Monroe, Ohio, United States
Began my photography career as most people do...the highschool yearbook. Upon graduation I attended the US Naval Photography School in Pensacola Fla. After getting a qualification in basic photography and then later attending their Portrait School,was assigned to a military operation. Experiences included USO photography for Bob Hope, Brooke Shields, Kathy Lee Crosby and Wayne Newton.Have also had the opportunity for travel assignments to places such as Beruit, Israel, Africa, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Spain and England. Upon exiting the Navy in 1984,opened up a Tanning Salon and Health Club in Oxford,Ohio and began photographing weddings, all as a vehicle to fund my way through college. I enjoy travel, sports photography, special event and Cincinnati Reds photography. I am frequently contracted as a sports photographer by parents, sports teams, and organizations,throughout the Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio areas, to provide the highest quality sports photography, both on an individual and team basis.

February 14, 2010

Top Photography Schools in the USA to Learn Photography

I read this article today from Photopreneur.

One omission from the article was the U.S. Naval Schools of Photography. For an aspiring young photographer that does not have the money for a commercial school and desires to gain a world of experience, my schooling came from the Naval school in Pensacola, Florida.

Not only did I get an education in every aspect of photography from 4 x 5 Graphlex View Cameras, to the latest developmental and darkroom techniques, I also attended portrait and studio photography classes.

Upon leaving school, I went to an aircraft carrier and spent the next couple of years traveling the world.

There was no way to gain as much experience as I did, from flying in an F 14 to hanging out of a helicopter or at the base of the 1983 destroyed Marines barracks providing photo coverage to a rescue and recovery mission after a terrorist drove a truck full of dynamite through the front door.

Traveling with Bob Hope, Brooke Shields, Wayne Newton, and the 1982 Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders as a USO photographer or visiting countries such as Kenya, Brazil, Australia and Isreal gave me REAL world experience all on the goverments dime.

I remember coming out of the Navy in June of 1984 and interviewing with the Dayton Daily News and walking in with a portfolio that less 1% of peopple that ever walked in the door could even hope to accumulate over a lifetime. At that time, whoever was the photo editor, simply said that the Dayton Daily News only hires graduates from the Ohio Institute of Photography. Unfortunately at that time in my life, at the age of 21, I lacked tenacity and simply focused on building an running a couple of other business's such as a tanning salon and a health club and getting a college education.

Top Photography Schools in the USA to Learn Photography

Photographers looking to improve their skills are now faced with a giant range of choices, many of them from courses that let you study online. But there are things best learned in person, with a teacher prepared to answer your questions — and even award professional certification at the end of it. Here’s our list of places to study photography. If you know of more, toss them into the comments.


Academy of Art University – San Francisco
Private, big and accredited. Graduates include Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers Deanne Fitzmaurice.

Brooks Institute of Photography – Santa Barbara
A for-profit corporation, offers four programs, including Professional Photography, Visual Journalism and Visual Communication.


The Art Institute of Colorado – Denver
Established as a private arts and crafts college in 1952. Offers Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in photography.

District of Columbia

The Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University – Washington
Offers a Professional Photography Certificate that teaches basic camera techniques, workflow and lighting among other skills.


The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale – Fort Lauderdale
A private, accredited college that boasts an employment rate in an related field of over 90 percent within six months of graduation.

International Academy of Design & Technology – Tampa
A nationwide, accredited arts school. The Tampa campus offers an Associate’s degree in Digital Photography.

Miami International University of Art & Design – Miami
Part of The Art Institutes network and offering a BFA in Photography.


The Art Institute of Atlanta – Atlanta
Atlanta’s branch of The Art Institute network.


Harrington College of Design – Chicago
Located in the Loop and focused on interior design, Harrington College also offers a Digital Photography program.

The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg
Illinois hosts two branches of The Institute of Art: one in Chicago and the other in Schaumberg.


Maine Media Workshops
Maine Workshop offers workshops that range from classes on creating your photo book to shooting Rajasthan. Classes can be expensive but the variety is huge… and so is the fun.


Brown College – Mendota Heights
Brown College offers a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Photography with specializations that include fashion, fine arts and freelance among others.


Missouri Photo Workshops
Sponsored by Nikon, the Missouri Photo Workshops takes place over six days and aims to teach photojournalism and story-telling.

New Hampshire

McIntosh College – Dover
McIntosh College teaches professional photography and even offers dorm rooms in a converted hotel. But room service isn’t included.

New Mexico

Santa Fe Workshops – Santa Fe
Creative workshops that range in time and location, and include courses for both hobbyists and professionals.

New York

Briarcliffe College – Bethpage
Briarcliffe is a small, private college offering an Associate’s degree in Digital Photography.

School of Visual Arts – New York City
One of the country’s finest art schools with both graduate and undergraduate degrees in photography.

International Center of Photography – New York City
A photography museum offering full-time and continuing education classes in subjects ranging from lighting to photojournalism.


Antonelli College – Cincinnati
Antonelli College offers an Associate of Applied Business Degree in Photography but only at its Cincinnati campus.

Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology – Dayton
The Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology focuses on photography and provides professional skills. It also offers both day and night classes.


Marylhurst University – Marylhurst
A private, Catholic university with a long history and a BFA that includes a photography concentration. Students can be full-time or working professionals.


The Art Institute of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania has two branches of The Art Institute: in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.


Nossi College of Art – Goodlettsville
Nossi focuses on the business side of photography, offering a degree in Commercial Digital Photography. The curriculum includes camera techniques, lighting and basic and advanced Photoshop with the aim of guiding students to entry-level industry positions or the knowledge to freelance.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island School Of Design – Rhode Island
One of the most respected arts schools in the country, RISD boasts a who’s who of alumni and faculty, and offers both degree programs and business-oriented continuing education classes.

Posted by Cincinnati and Dayton Sports Photographer Vincent Rush of Monroe, Ohio. For more information (877) 858-6295

February 12, 2010

Monroe Softball Clinic Announced

From The Voice at Main Street Monroe http://mainstreetmonroe.com

I don't normally post community announcements on my blog, but as a result of not being able to think of anything creative to post today and a chance to use one of my sports photographs along with the announcement...

Monroe, Ohio has an incredible pool of talent and talented coaches in baseball and softball. From the youth baseball and softball leagues on up through the highschools, it's one of the better programs I've covered.

So when a Monroe Hornet organization is putting on a baseball clinic or softball clinic, it's sure to be a valuable use of money.

Dear Player and Parents,

Hello and welcome to 2010! What a great time plan ahead, prepare for the future, and work to improve ourselves! On behalf of the Hornet Softball Family, I would like to invite and encourage you to attend our inaugural FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL CLINIC, sponsored by myself, Head Coach Jenni Meier and Assistant Coach, Aimee Tyree of Monroe High School. This is a great opportunity for players from ages 8 to 14 to get the season started in the right direction.

We strongly believe this experience will be a critical investment that will certainly pay off for both players and youth coaches. Players will learn ways to improve their performance, get to know and learn from the experiences of high school players and coaches, and invest in their future as a Hornet softball player. Coaches will learn the philosophy of the program, new drills, and other ways to enhance their instruction to have better success with their teams.

The clinic will include lunch on day 1 and a Hornet Softball t-shirt for participating. In addition, there will be concessions, opportunities to purchase spirit wear, softball equipment, and a raffle for a FREE one on one, private instruction session with the Head Coach.

So, come join our Hornet Softball Family on Saturday, March 20, and/or Sunday March 21, 2010 at Monroe High School. We look forward to seeing you there!


Jenni Meier
Head Softball Coach
Monroe High School

Posted by Cincinnati and Dayton Sports Photographer Vincent Rush of Monroe, Ohio. For more information (877) 858-6295

February 11, 2010

Pleasant Vineyard Camp

Pleasant Vineyard Camp in Camden, Ohio after a snowy day.

Posted by Cincinnati and Dayton Sports Photographer Vincent Rush of Monroe, Ohio. For more information (877) 858-6295

February 9, 2010

Deep Powder, Snowmobiling in Montana

Posted by Cincinnati and Dayton Sports Photographer Vincent Rush of Monroe, Ohio. For more information (877) 858-6295

February 7, 2010

Roger Goodell says NFL stands by current overtime rules - NFL - SI.com

Roger Goodell says NFL stands by current overtime rules - NFL - SI.com

The NFL said again Friday that it likes the league's oft-debated overtime rule.

Goodell pointed to this season's pair of overtime postseason games and called them "two of the most exciting games we've had."

Arizona beat Green Bay in a wild 51-45 overtime game, and the New Orleans Saints earned the right to play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts by beating Minnesota in overtime in the NFC championship game.

The NFL's sudden-death overtime rule has long been debated, especially after college football went to a system where both teams get the ball at least once. Goodell says the NFL hasn't "been able to find a better solution" even after talks with players and coaches.

"NOT ABLE TO FIND A BETTER SOLUTION"??? I don't think they could have found a WORSE solution!!!

A change may be possible, Goodell says, adding: "But I wouldn't hold your breath."

Longer season still in consideration
When the NFL and its players association resume contract talks, extending the league's regular-season will be part of the discussion.

Goodell is talking about a 17- or 18-game schedule once again, with the likely trade-off for a longer regular season being a shorter preseason.

Goodell says he hears "from players and fans that the quality of our preseason is not up to NFL standards."

The NFL currently plays a 16-game regular season.

League in want of progress in labor talks
The NFL wants to see more progress in labor talks between the league and players' union.

Speaking Friday at his annual state-of-the-league address during Super Bowl week, Goodell said fans "expect solutions ... and we should deliver" on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The NFL Players Association said Thursday it is bracing for a lockout in 2011 after the current labor pact expires. Goodell said he and the league's owners want an agreement and it's "absolutely false" that owners would want to see a work stoppage.

Goodell added that there is no contingency plan for the 2012 Super Bowl, on the chance that no football is played in 2011.

"We still have a lot of time and a lot of important opportunities here to structure something that makes sense for everybody," Goodell said.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Thursday the union views the chance of a lockout as a "14" on a scale of 1-to-10, something Goodell said he hopes won't become a "self-fulfilling prophecy."

"I sure hope he's wrong. ... Right now, we we don't need a lot of focus on that," Goodell said.

Goodell has also said he doesn't agree with the union's contention that owners are insisting on an 18 percent player pay cut.

"The players hould be paid fairly and they should be paid well," he said. "And I assure you that they will."

NFL looking south of the border
The NFL is still eyeing a return to Mexico.

Arizona and San Francisco played the NFL's first regular-season game outside the United States in Mexico in 2005, followed two years later by a game in London between Miami and the New York Giants.

More trips to London have followed. On Friday, Goodell said Mexico remains on the league's radar screen, noting that "it's good for the NFL."

Goodell also says the NFL isn't choosing London over Mexico. He'd like to see games played in both cities, and later in his state-of-the-NFL session Friday, also called Japan and the Far East "an important market" for the league.

Browns WR Stallworth welcomed back
Goodell says Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth will be reinstated from his suspension for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk.

At his annual Super Bowl-week news conference Friday, Goodell said Stallworth's suspension will be lifted after the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Goodell said he met with Stallworth about a month ago, and the receiver is "in a better place than he was." Goodell said Stallworth recognizes what he did and has prepared himself to return to the NFL.

Stallworth spent 24 days in jail for a DUI manslaughter conviction in the case. The accident occurred last March in South Florida, and he was suspended without pay last August.

New York Super Bowl on tap?
The prospect of a potentially cold-weather Super Bowl at the new Giants Stadium in 2014 is "interesting" to commissioner Roger Goodell.

There would be real benefits if the owners chose to award that game to the new stadium, said Goodell.

He says being exposed to the elements isn't necessarily a bad thing, noting "that's the way the game of football's played."

The Giants and Jets want to bring the Super Bowl to their new 82,500-seat stadium in New Jersey in what most certainly would be a chilly NFL title game. The $1.6 billion stadium set to open later this year does not have a retractable roof or a dome.

Jaguars numbers a concern
Attendance at Jacksonville Jaguars' home games continues to be a concern for the NFL.

Commissioner Roger Goodell says he's had several talks with Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver about the ongoing issue. The Jaguars often played before a half-filled stadium this season, and Goodell says with attendance around 40,000 per game, "you can't continue to have an NFL franchise."

About 17,000 Jacksonville fans opted not to renew their season tickets this year, many citing the economic climate.

Goodell says the NFL is aware of what's happening in the game's marketplace and the challenges fans and the league's business partners are facing.

Posted by Cincinnati and Dayton Sports Photographer Vincent Rush of Monroe, Ohio. For more information (877) 858-6295

February 1, 2010

Photoshop and Sports Photography

My Photoshop CS3 skills are beginner level at best but I do like the things that it allows me to do. Right now I am good at removing pimples, whitening teeth and sharpening eyes. So I am the last photographer to attempt to give a tutorial on the magic of Photoshop.

On Friday I received a Facebook request from Cincinnati Reds Outfielder Chris Dickerson. I've sent Chris some sports photographs in the past and did some selective color on a couple of his action shots from a Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game. Chris happens to be one of my 11 year old sons favorite players, due to the fact he's a lefty and he has hit a homerun each time Zach has went to see the Reds. Chris appears to be one of the genuine good guys in Major League Baseball as well, taking time to greet fans with a smile and sign autographs.

Sports photography has always been a passion of mine and I enjoy covering the Reds. I hope to have the opportunity to work as a contract or full time sports photographer for the Cincinnati Reds one day. If anyone ever wants to put in a good word with Ralph Mitchell for me, I'll send you some eggs from Farmville. (I don't play Farmville, Yoville, Mafiaville, Hoville or any of those games, just to set the record straight)

Chris had been on vacation in Cabo, (Dude goes everywhere) I believe and took a picture of a skate boarder and wanted me to use selective color on the underside of the skate board. I first converted the whole picture to black and white, then re-added the color to the board. Too many beginning sports photographers spend so much time admiring their action shot that they forget the details that can turn a good sports picture into a great one.

After doing that simple task, I started messing with the image and taking out all the distractions and tweaking contract and brightness.

The results are the 3 images that follow.

Photoshop can take a very average sports photograph, in this case a cool captures of a skate boarder and enhance it into a very nice action shot that puts all the focus and attention on the athlete. I'll check back in when I find out which one Chris liked the best.

Posted by Cincinnati and Dayton Sports Photographer Vincent Rush of Monroe, Ohio. For more information (877) 858-6295