Monthly Archives: April 2012

Textured Poppies

I love 500px for sharing and inspiration.  Yesterday, I saw a wonderful image where the photographer had subtly used texture.  Feeling inspired, I went back to my Tuscany images to find one I could use texture with.

My intent was to be subtle like the poster on 500px.   Using Totally Rad Dirty Pictures and two flypaper textures, I was able to achieve the look I had in mind.  When doing texture work, not only is it important to choose the right texture (pattern) but  equally important to choose the right tonality (Color) to blend with the base image.

If you want to learn more about Totally Rad Dirty Pictures make sure to visit my Podcast page and watch the free video.   Discounts are available on my Discounts page for both FlyPaper and Dirty Pictures.


More Texture Fun

I read on a recent Facebook post someone was making progress editing their files from a recent trip and had deleted 80% of them!!  I was shocked and wrote a note saying that was crazy.  Here is a good example of why that might be crazy.  This is a version of an image I’ve posted before.  It was arguably a “throw away” from the series.  The sky was bald blue and uninteresting.  I much preferred the tighter more detailed shot that focused on the boat making it more prominent in the scene.  Recently I’ve been having fun with textures and decided to work with this file.  I used three FlyPaper textures masking the last one so it only affected the sky.   Sure am glad I did not delete the file.

Remember is you’re interested in texture work, I have a video podcast on my podcast page that might be helpful.  Discounts are available on my discount page for both Totally Rad Dirty Pictures and FlyPaper textures.


Sometimes Panoramic is Best


Back in the film days, I shot a lot of it with my Hasselblad xPan panoramic camera.  I’ve always been drawn to the panoramic format.  It feels very natural to me.  Having trained my eye to see the panoramic image,  I will oft times crop a digital file in that format.  Sometimes it just feels better.

When thinking about panoramic shots, use the same criteria for your decision making that you would for a “normal” one.  Does cropping make it stronger?  You are essentially simplifying the image by cropping, be careful not to eliminate important elements.  Be mindful of balance, etc, etc.