When I first began photography, I naively thought that after I learned about my camera and it's settings, I was set to go. I was certainly wrong!! In the world of photography you never stop learning. In fact, to improve, you must continue to search for, read about, and try new things. There are thousands of articles, tutorials, classes, and tips on various photographic techniques. One thing I'm seeing more and more of is using textures in post processing. I've never done very much, in fact with my macro photography I pretty much stick to what comes out of the camera. I may add a little contrast or edit the color a little, but usually I'm pretty happy with nature just as it is. Recently I've been wanting to try my hand at editing with textures and just see what it's all about. I took three pictures and editing them in PicMonkey, a free editing program. I didn't have a clue what I was doing!! I just played until I was happy with the image. I've shown the original first and then the edited photo.
I added a texture on this photo and then erased it from the flower. This left a subtle texture around the edges.
The original of the sunflower is fine, but just a little dull.
The texture I added gave it a warm feeling and then I fancy cut the edges.
This photo of Cosmo needed a little something on the background to give it life
I went real far out on this one and added a paint texture and then roughed the edges. I like the way this one turned out, it does look like a painting.
I was encouraged to try something new or different this week by Brenda at How To Feather An Empty Nest. I'm linking this post with her new "Third Thursday Challenge." I know Brenda through online classes and blogging. I encourage you to stop by her blog and see her amazing architectural images! She is constantly taking my breath away with the graphics, colors, reflections, and angles that she captures as she walks around town. She will show you a whole new way to look at buildings! Photography is an ongoing learning process and I can only learn if I try. Thanks, Brenda, for encouraging me to try something new!
Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes