HELENA, MT, February 25, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Kae Cheatham of Helena, Montana, has been a professional photographer since 1987 when she began capturing various equine events and rural activities on film. Traditional 35mm SLRs were Kae's cameras of preference in the 1980s and '90s, but since 2002 she has embraced the digital era. Today she has an online presence through her personal website, a Facebook Fan Page, and the commercial outlet at Fine Art America (FAA).
Initially Kae had arranged her images in just a few FAA galleries, but with an increase in what she offers there, she has made it easier for potential clients to choose from her works. The primary gallery, "Digital Enhancement," features the elements that make Kae's images unique; it contains montages and photographs enhanced with digital art and digital painting.
"Taking a photograph is easier than ever," says Kae, a member of the Helena Photographic Society. "The digital age has truly given many people the opportunity to capture their memories and fantasies, and upload them to the World Wide Web."
While Cheatham finds this global influx of photographs exhilarating, she is aware that professional photographers can often be lost in the slush of amateurs. "I decided it was necessary to take my images to another level so they would be unique from other works."
Often called, image manipulation, Kae chooses to refer to it as photo augmentation. She has developed her own style, and created texture overlays for some images. She likes taking several images of the same subject to form montages, and she really enjoys creating digitally-painted backgrounds for her subjects. "I like working with the computer brushes and pallets, but I don't feel a need to augment every photograph."
Along with "Digital Enhancement," Kae's galleries include "Made in Montana" for Montana scenes and interests, "Americana" that has a selection of vintage and old-style images, including scenes from historical reenactments, "Horses" to highlight some of the images that began her photographic career, and "Sales Here and There," which shows images she has sold online and at the five-to-ten regional art shows she attends each year.
Through the years, Kae's photographs have been used in many publications, including American Cowboy, Royal Wings (an international in-flight magazine), Bloodlines, and Pro Rodeo World (along with her articles); photos have been included as illustrations in several books. Her unique images are represented by The Art Scene gallery in Dillon, Montana, and will be exhibited in Helena, Montana's The Myrna Loy Center for Performing and Visual Media during March, 2014.
Along with her photography, Kae has been employed in a variety of positions, from research analyst to magazine editor. She has authored thirteen published books, and also gives history presentations through the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau.
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