Art and Photography is My Job, This is My Hobby.

I am a full-time Visual Artist, but like most people I have hobbies outside of my work.  As I have gotten older, I realize the importance of keeping your mind and body active, but that process needs to also be fun.  I enjoy flying RC Aircraft, both in real life and using a program called RealFlight that simulates a broad spectrum of different types of aircraft.  Whether out flying my Helicopters and Quadcopters or sitting at the computer flying all of the RC Aircraft I would love to own.  It is a fun hobby that anyone can do, regardless their age.

When I became a Senior Citizen, I noticed that many of the activities I had once enjoyed were no longer feasible, but this is one hobby I really enjoy.  I decided to put a playlist of the various videos I have made both flying my camera equipped quads and screen captures from Realflight.  If you are interested in a fun activity that keeps your mind and body active, you might want to try RC Flying.

Below you can click on the image and access my YouTube RC and RealFlight Play List.  The videos start from the first and go through the entire Play List.  I thought I would start out with a crash.  I recently purchased a cheap quadcopter with an un-gimballed camera that I inadvertently crashed into a tree…well, you’ll see.

I hope you enjoy watching these and please take the time to subscribe to my YouTube Channel.  Thank You!

Photoshop Tips & Tricks Using Textures, Blend Modes and Topaz Impressions

In today’s world, Adobe Photoshop and other products used to enhance photography and works of art are an essential tool.  Most of this powerful software has so many features, if you are a user, you are continuously amazed at the features you discover and the effects you can obtain.  All visual artists are in reality entertainers, and these products allow you to put on a heck of a show.

The use of modern tools to enhance photography or produce traditional art without potential systemic effects from toxins in the medium has become a popular way to produce art and makes selling art simpler in our computerized world of online art sales.  Rather than produce prints from a photograph of their work, artist can now create their work on a computer with the original being a digital file. Each person that buys the art is buying the original output of the artist.  It is still a print, but print number one and print number five hundred will be essentially the same, with no loss of visual integrity.

This tutorial is basically an experimentation with some of the effects that can be obtained in Photoshop using layers, blend modes, textures and Topaz Impressions.  I hope you enjoy and the information is helpful.

Note:  This article is intended to discuss modern methods of enhancing photography and creating digital paintings and art.  I was and still am a traditional artist, often using paints and brushes to produce my work.  I applaud the talents of all artist regardless their choice of mediums.  This article’s focus is on a specific artform and the tools that might assist artist using them or wanting to try their hand at digital art as a medium.

Turn Historical and Personal PDF Documents into Art in Photoshop

Recently, some of my photography and art friends that use Photoshop have asked how to take PDF Files and turn them into Wall Art. Many of the public domain historical documents such as patents are available, but only in PDF, not Jpeg or Tiff. PDFs and Photoshop often do not play nice together, but they can be brought into photoshop, copied and pasted into a new document as a layer. This video gives the rather simple step by step process to make this happen.

Visual Perceptions from Above

Three days ago, I received my DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus from Drone Camps in North Carolina. I have flown the RC Helicopters for years, but have just recently become interested in doing photography and video from a flying platform. Although this morning a cold front was moving through and the wind was picking up, I decided to try out the HD video and gimbal setup on the Phantom by making a quick morning flight. I plan to do many more videos and photos with this little gem, but this was my first and it is very short, but you get the idea. I think the gimbal kept the video relatively stable considering the wind. In addition to video, the camera takes 14 mp stills and can shoot in Jpeg or Raw. You can see what the camera sees with an attached smartphone and control the gimbal remotely. The quad flies well in the wind and in GPS mode it will maintain its position well.

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