The term “texture” is a catch-all term for adding either abstract images, detailed photos, or patterns of different surfaces, like metal, cracked paint, sand, etc. as an overlay on your image. This is a type of “compositing”, combining multiple images into one finished work. Adding textures to your images can change the mood, create special effects, strengthen the composition, or help better tell a story. These five concepts will help you add textures more easily, realistically, and quickly in Adobe Photoshop
Every animal has a distinct overall body geometry, but this shape will change dramatically as they move. When you are composing your images, it’s important to understand this concept so you are fitting your frame and composition to them, allowing them to be alive in your shot.
Many of us love the experience of creating photos, but have a habit of stockpiling those photos on a mishmash of drives and cloud storage, where they remain unseen by ourselves or anyone else. Sometimes guilty of this myself, I long ago stopped printing my work. With web based portfolios, social media, cloud file delivery, and all my customers and audience online, why bother? Over time, I got rid of all my printers, outsourced everything and generally avoided anything to do with putting ink on paper. I’m sure I am not alone in this, how many of you out there haven’t printed anything in a long time, or have never printed anything at all?
Recently, I had the opportunity to to select one of my favorite photos, and have a print made of it by ArtisanHD. When the piece arrived and I opened the box, it all came flooding back. Just how cool it’s to see your work big on the wall. This wasn’t about ego, it was about seeing the product of creativity and effort, reliving the memory of making that image, and rediscovering just how much I love photography. In this article I’ll explain how printing your work can make you a better photographer, through my experience of having a large print made of one of my favorite photos.
In photography a texture image or “texturing” is used to enhance or accent some part of the image in your digital darkroom. Although they can help you create eye-catching works of art, textures also can be very easy to overdo. In this article I’ll explain my process for adding textures to my photography, using Adobe Stock and Photoshop, to create more impact, transform the mood of the image, or improve on the composition.
If you would like to experience a beautiful vision of a vintage holiday, look no further then this image, “GMC Christmas” by Dawna Moore. Part holiday cheer, part nostalgia, it’s a warmly lit scene featuring Christmas decorations along with a nice slice of Americana. Beyond these elements, the composition and lighting are excellent, from the technical choices with aperture to create the starbursts on the Christmas lights, to the balance of complimentary colors with the reds and greens. The portrait orientation of the photo helps simplify a busy scene, placing the focus on the wreath and letting your eye travel throughout the frame to take in all the detail.
I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photographer of the Day: Mark Meyer zur Heide”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photographer of the Day: Mark Meyer zur…
I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photographer of the Day: Bert de Bruin”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photographer of the Day: Bert de Bruin
I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photographer of the Day: Jim Sollows”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photographer of the Day: Jim Sollows
The power of photography is its ability to make us feel and imagine from nothing more than a 2 dimensional collection of dots on a piece of paper or computer screen. “Mannequins” by Isengardt, definitely makes you feel something, the best word I have to describe it is “uncomfortable”. This is a “rule breaker” image, and why it works so well. The mannequins have been transformed by the light and composition into something other than the typical figure of glamour we expect. Messy hair, harsh light, and black clothes create something more out of a Hitchcock movie then a department store. We associate the eyes with life and personality, here they are lifeless, the gaze of each directed somewhere off frame. This otherworldly scene takes the viewer out of their comfort zone, one of the greatest purposes of art.
“The purpose of art actually is, in many cases, to make you feel quite uncomfortable. Or at least to go to that place that’s already of discomfort inside of you and tap into that.” – Michael Moore
The image “1” by Denis Malciu displays a perfect choice of composing in black and white, simplifying what could have otherwise been a very busy photo. As the crowd stands in rapt attention to the dancer’s performance, they frame the dancers instead of competing with them. Imagine if instead this photo was presented in color. The dancers could have easily gotten lost against that sea of people and the variety of textures and colors they are wearing. Instead the photographer works purely with light and contrast. Though small in the frame, the dancers take center stage in the image, drawing your attention directly to them, captivating you as they did the crowd.