Merging Tech with Photography

Rotunda Gallery, HCPL

101 South Main Street

Henderson, KY

Sponsored by Ohio Valley Art League

Co-Chairs: Batty Smithhart and Emily Mabee

January 14 to March 31, 2016

The Ohio Valley Art League is pleased to announce the opening of a photography exhibit in the Rotunda Gallery, Henderson County Public Library, 101 South Main Street, Henderson, KY. The invitational exhibition features the following Tri State artists:  Emily Mabee,  April Robinson, Betty Smithhart, Dwight Sutton, Stephen Chandler Henderson, KY, Gerald McDowell,  Katherine Kirwin, Andrea Kappler, Kim Weber, Evansville, IN.

“Merging Tech with Photography”

“Ansel Adams, one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, was also a master of manipulation of the photographic image.  Adams retouched his images in the darkroom, burning his shadows darker and dodging the brightness lighter to create dramatic black and white photos.  Also a piano player, Adams believed that photographers should use every part of the process to create an image.  Back then, he said that the negative was the musical score, and it told you where to go. 

Today’s photographers have the tools that allow them to take their images to another level of polish and expression, much like Adams did in the darkroom.   Digital photography and manipulation software, such as Photoshop developed in 2003, allow skilled, artistic photographers to create magical images, many rivaling the work of fine art painters.  But also like Adams, photographers must start with a strong image.  Then using their style and expertise with the software, manipulate the image using a myriad of available options.  For example, in the Lightroom program, adjustments can be made for focus, exposure, contrast, tonal quality, etc.  Once the desired result is achieved in that program, the image can then be downloaded into another software program such as Photoshop Elements wherefilters can be used to create many varieties of painterly and other effects.  There are many other options as well as software programs available for photographic manipulation.

As with any fine art endeavor, the final product is limited only by the photographer’s work ethic, imagination/vision and maturity.”

Betty Smithhart, Co-chair

Gallery Hours: M, T, W, T, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact: Jule McClellan, Executive Director/Curator

Phone: 270-860-1930 or

Kyndle would like to thank The Gleaner and Union County First for the use of images throughout this site.