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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.

June 27, 2010

Photoshop and Sports Photographs

I have to admit, that while Photoshop has allowed me to touch up my sports photography, it has caused me to spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen.

I have too many options of what I can do to pictures now, versus just crop and load onto my site which is hosted by Smugmug.
I have often been critical of many part time sideline shooters that think they are sports photographers simply because they have a decent camera and a long lens. Many of these people are lazy and will not work during the game and will not put forth a decent effort before loading the pictures onto their sites.

They simply dump and load the majority of their memory card, giving the prospective customer 600+ images to sort through to find the "money shot" of their favorite superstar.

The Mom or Dad that is browsing the pictures has way too many choices to sort through, from little Bobbies backside running to some apparent destination to an awkward body contortion that resembles a marionette puppet rather than a champion athlete.

Simply catching a high speed stop action shot does not make a good sports photograph worthy of hanging in the Man Cave at home.

Now I will admit, that I am not a big fan of the picture I use as an example here, mainly because I got tired of messing with the ball and trying to make it look natural. I wasted an hour working with this shot and failed at my attempt to avoid making it look altered

But had I done the ball right and if I ever re-try to work with it, I will have taken an average stop action shot of a pitcher on the mound and turned it into a world class sports photograph.

Photoshop can turn average looking, run of the mill pictures and turn them into eye catching sports photographs that will sell.

If you want to seperate yourself from the herd of "GWC" (Guys With Cameras) and establish a brand, you have to be willing to work at it.

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

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