Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Textures III

If you haven't read at my first two posts about textures, they can be found here and here.

Having been intrigued by seeing what others have done with blending textures into their images, I was interested in seeing what I might be able to do. I am certainly no expert, as this is the first image that I am attempting to apply the technique to. Here we go.......first, the image with no texture applied:

'Days Of Yore'
Copyright Howard Grill

Now, the image of the texture itself that was used:

Copyright Michael Smith

And, finally, the image with the texture applied to it:

'Days Of Yore'
Copyright Howard Grill

The effect doesn't overwhelm the image, but, nonetheless, I think effects it in a positive way. What do you think?

Without question, too much of a good thing can be bad. I do not mean to imply that all, most, or even many of one’s images should be treated in this way. But, I personally find this an interesting technique, the intensity of which can be easily controlled, that can really enhance creativity and put a certain feel into images that would be hard to do any other way. It can’t make a bad image good, but it certainly holds the possibility, in some instances, of making a good image better.

In closing, I should address how one gets textures to try out. You can make your own by shooting things like concrete, canvas backdrops, old wood, sand….anything where the texture is the main subject. There are also some sites where textures can be downloaded for free, such as from Texture King .

I purchased a series of textures from Michael Smith, as I found the ones that he offered to be particularly interesting and well done. They can be seen and, if desired, purchased here (I myself have no connection with Mr. Smith, except as a satisfied customer).

I would also like, once again, to thank Cate for her willingness to share her post-processing technique with me and subsequently with anyone that might be reading this!