Recently I have not been out taking too many photos with my camera. Instead, I have focused on adding textures to some existing photos that may not have been perfect “out of the camera”, but with some added texture, have possibilities. I have added textures to photos periodically in the past, but maybe due to the cold of past weeks or some other reason, it is absorbing more of my time now. Adding textures is a matter of taste and can be done in several ways in Photoshop using layers. You can have one layer of texture or many layers of texture. They can be added so the photo takes on the look of a painting or be subtle to add a little punch to an otherwise mundane photo.
I have found many other like minded photographers on Flickr with several Flickr groups just for textured photos. There are some very creative people out there. I am sure that this phase will probably pass as soon as I am inspired to go out shooting again. But in the meantime, it has kept the artistic juices flowing.
I have added a few of my recent creations below for your perusal.
These are great photos and even better with the textures. I have been trying to find a work-around to get my editing software to run textures. No luck yet. Looking more and more that I may have to break down and buy a copy of PhotoShop. I use Apple Aperture and they just don’t get into textures much. BTW, this new blog is GREAT!!
Excellent article Mark.