Fine Art Photographer in Dayton Ohio

Dan Cleary, Master of Fine Arts photographer

Dan Cleary of Cleary Creative Photography in Dayton, Ohio has been a working professional photographer for over 28 years. Dan earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Wright State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit, Michigan. He has continually worked on personal art work during most of his professional career. Dan loves creating both black & white and color fine art photographs. All these photographs are for sale and these fine art photographs are good for corporate interior decorators and architects

Wright Brothers Photographs

I have always been interested in history. I read the biography of the Wright Brothers by David McCullough. In it he wrote of the Wright Brothers purchasing an expensive, "modern," glass plate camera in order to document their experiment with flight. It dawned on me that the Wright Brothers, among all their talents, were photographers, as well. I am a native Daytonian yet I had never been out to Huffman Prairie where the Wrights had completed most of their experiments with flight. So I packed up and went out there with my camera and took a few photographs. I did some research and spent some time looking at their images and realized that not much had really changed in the landscape at Huffman Prairie in all these many years. In fact, there was one image of the Flyer in the air that seemed to fit perfectly into one of my own photographs. My interests in history lead me to wonder how the city of Dayton looked 100 years ago and how the images of the past related to the present. This project is a combination of the history of 100 years ago with today.

Wright Brothers Fine Art Photographs

Wright Brothers Flight #85 by Dan Cleary of Cleary Creative Photography in Dayton Ohio

Dan and his wife Maria like to travel and here are photographs from Nevada, Arizona and Utah.

Arizona, Nevada and Utah

Grand Canyon Panorama photograph by Dan Cleary of Cleary Creative Photography in Dayton Ohio

Dan worked with the Kettering Physicians Network to photograph communities around the Dayton area creating fine art photographs for display in new building they were opening. The idea is to use local fine art photographs. Dan photographed in the Tipp City, Miami County, Springboro, Warren County and Engelwood areas. Dan delivered over 100 images that they used as wall decor. The idea behind these projects is to display local art of each community. Dan enjoys using his fine arts experience help clients with their interior design. To see a complete portfolio of images go to

Fine Art Photography Project For New Kettering Physicians Network Buildings

Greenville Falls Preserve Miami County Ohio photographed by Dan Cleary of Cleary Creaative Photography in Dayton Ohio

Dayton Area Fine Art Photographs

Holding hands by the Miami river downtown Dayton Ohio at sunse by Dan Cleary of Cleary Creative Photography in Dayton Ohio

Floral Fibonacci series

Magnolia Blossom fine art photograph by Dan Cleary of Cleary Creative Photography in Dayton Ohio

Black & White Photographs series

Fog Through The Trees fine art black and white photograph by Dan Cleary of Cleary Creative Photography in Dayton Ohio

After taking the photographs is where the work begins, using a digital camera for the photography and Photoshop for the darkroom. After looking through the images Dan have taken, he start to edit them to find the “good” ones. Photoshop allows a photographer to manipulate their image anyway they want. Dan always want his images to look like they have not been manipulated. But there is a lot of work that goes into a finished photograph. He use a computer drawing tablet and do all the editing work by hand with the tablet. One technique is to separating the image into multiple layers. This allows him to work on the color of a specific area, like "The Yellow Leaf", or sharpening areas to emphasize things that I think are important, like the small rings on "Fall Grasses". Dan will also look for small imperfections and edit them out. If a stem or spot or something else hurts the composition he will edit the image until it looks perfect. He may spend two to eight hours working on a photograph before it's  finished.  Using a digital camera and Photoshop has enhanced Dan's work and has produced some of the best work of his life.

Abstract Nature series

Photography maybe one of the most abstract forms of art. We take photographs of the three dimensional world and transform them into a two dimensions. Often we recognize the subject matter in the photograph and bring our own point of view to the image. What’s included inside the frame is as important as to what’s excluded outside the frame. Transforming all this into something that can be called a piece of art can be difficult.

Green Grass With Purple Flowers fine art photograph by Dan Cleary of Cleary Creative Photography in Dayton Ohio