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As an Art Photographer, I am always looking for ways to display my work in a unique and creative way. The competition is fierce out there for beautiful landscape and nature photographs with awesome sunrises or sunsets. Often, I am in a beautiful place, but the sky just doesn’t cooperate. Regardless, I still photograph the beautiful subjects with the less than compelling skies knowing I can creatively work with the image later by using layers.
Texture blending is creative way to add an artistic component to your photographs. You can take an ordinary image and make it more dynamic or you can use texture blending to add more creativity to an already interesting image.
Choosing An Image
Some images seem to lend themselves much more to texture blending than others. I tend to look for images that look great compositionally and are exposed correctly but may lack an interesting sky. Often times, I will use the images that may have been taken during midday when the light is not great because sometimes we are lucky enough to be in the right spot but not during the right time. These are the times that I talk about in my article “Creative Photography to Overcome the Midday Blues ”.
When choosing a photo, I look for images that have a large area with uniform color or I look for photos where I have photographed in a way that results in a large area of plain open space. Usually when the light or sky isn’t ideal, I shoot specifically keeping texture blending in mind.
Selecting a texture can be a difficult step. Knowing what you want as an end results can help ease the process. Are you hoping to have a final image that is creatively artistic? Do you hope to create a grunge or gritty image? Or you looking to enhance the sky but in a somewhat realistic way?
These questions are not necessary but will help you to simplify the process. Often, I find myself with one idea only to completely change directions when I start working on a image.
For years, I have been photographing abstract subjects that can be used for texture blending. I find these such textures everywhere from the adobe walls in Santa Fe to the rust of old cars. I also spend a good amount of time creating abstract paintings that work well. Textures are everywhere! But an even easier way to find textures is online. There are many free ones available. But my favorites happen to be available for purchase through Flypaper Textures.
Blending Your Images using Photoshop – the Quick and Easy method
For a different look, try a monotoned image.
You can also use Lightroom, iPhone Apps, On1 Photo, Topaz, and Capture One etc to create your texture blend photography. Most programs utilize layer stacking in a similar way with blending mode options that are the same across platforms. Find a software program that works best for you and learn to make the most of it.
For more advanced techniques try some or all of the following techniques:
Bottom line… have fun and be creative!
Here are some examples of images that have multiple texture layers with varying opacities.
The current that underlies Christine Hauber's work is the concept of serenity in a world of chaos. With 25 years of professional photography experience, she continues to be attracted to the simplicity of the minimal and thus makes every effort to be a faithful visual recorder of the world around her. She wishes for her images to distill scenes ranging from the ephemeral to the eternal, from the abstruse to the symbolic. As a dedicated artist, she strives constantly to explore and expand her definition of the splendor and mysterious in life and nature. Her images have an ethereal and enduring quality.
Christine's work is published in various books, magazines and websites and has been printed and hangs in homes and offices worldwide. She teaches private photography workshops worldwide focusing on the needs of each unique client.