Many photographers are incorporating various textures into their photographs. By “incorporating” I mean blending a photo of a certain texture with a photograph. The most basic way to achieve it, is to load your photograph and the texture as two layers into single file in Photoshop, place the texture layer on top of the photograph layer, and change the blending mode of the texture layer until you find something that you like (or something that helps you to achieve the look you are going for). After that you can mask out various areas of the texture layer as you see fit, and also play with the opacity of this layer. This is a very brief explanation, and most of the times to achieve acceptable results more actions are needed.
Recently I had an idea for an image, and for that I needed a certain texture, which I didn’t have. I started looking for it online and I was surprised to find so many textures for free download. There was one catch though – most of those textures were available in a very low resolution, much lower than the photograph that I wanted to apply it to. I had two options – either to stretch that texture to match my photo, or to use it several times as tiles. Either of these options wasn’t good enough for me, so I decided to shoot my own texture and went out for a walk.
Wandering around my neighborhood and looking for a texture that would suit my needs I saw so many differently textured objects that I decided to create my own high-resolution texture library.
And since I like to share, here is the first texture pack for you to download for free!
Right-click on the image above and choose “Save As”
This texture pack contains three high-resolution files of green shrubs in various scales. Here is an example how I used one of them:
Click on the photos to enlarge.
I’ll be honest with you, achieving this result wasn’t as simple as the steps that I described above. In addition to those steps I also performed color correction (to match colors of the texture and the model), used two layers of the texture with different blending modes for background and the dress, added light and vignetting.
I hope you’ll find this texture pack useful and feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section below.
Everyone following my blog must’ve noticed that lately I am getting into more serious study of photography as form of artistic expression. In Photopathway it all started with my post “Wisdom Of Photography” where I wrote about my exploration of an old book about art of photography. Next came the post “About the Attitude Toward One’s Own Artistic Endeavours” , in which I tell about wonderful Czech photography magazine “Revue Fotografie” from the 1960s. In that post I also presented my translation of one of the articles I liked the most in that magazine.
In this post I continue in the same direction but with a slightly different approach – I created a photo album (in PDF file) containing most of the photographs from the 3/1961 issue of “Revue Fotografie”, which I would like to share with as many aspiring photographers as possible by making this PDF file available for free download.
In the photo album I also wrote a foreword article outlining my reasons for creating it. Let me share parts of the foreword here, and make sure you download the album by clicking on the banners above or below.
“… I strongly believe that in order to advance in photographic vision and skills, one has to learn from the masters. Not to copy their work, but to understand what actually good photography is. Looking at good photographs one can begin to understand what do the words ‘photographic vision’ mean, and also to learn how to powerfully express thoughts, feelings, and emotions through a photograph.
Nowadays, one of the most serious problems lying on the path of any aspiring photographer, is the enormous amount of mediocre photographs presented everywhere, making it hard, especially for the beginner, to distinguish between real works of art and a ‘nice wrapping without the stuffing’.
So what am I presenting in this photographic album?
To explain that, first I have to tell you about a photographic magazine “revue Photographie” that was published four times a year in Czechoslovakia between 1950s and 1990s in several languages. Don’t even try to compare it to most of currently published photography magazines, which are filled with advertisement and “shoot like a pro” articles!
In its early years “revue Photographie” was considered one of the (if not THE) best photo magazines in the world. Founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine during 1950s and 1960s was Václav Jírů, a very talented photographer himself, whose photographs are now being displayed in museums and sold on auctions.
Václav Jírů selected and approved most of the photographs, making the magazine a true work of art. In today’s terms it would be comparable to 1x.com. Of course photographs weren’t the only asset of the revue. The articles too were very educational and informative, dealing not only with questions of photographic techniques but also with more important issues such as: – Photography as form of art – Moral obligations of the photographer – Place of photography among other art forms and many more.
Even during the time it was published, “revue Photographie” was very sought after, and not easy to acquire, not to say about nowadays.
I got very lucky to lay my hands on one of the issues. It is the third issue of the year 1961, published in Russian. I happen to know Russian so I had an enormous pleasure reading it. One of the articles was simply too good to not share it, so I translated it to English and you will find it on the next page. The photographs, on the other hand, don’t require my translation, and are there for everybody to look at, learn, and appreciate.
In this photographic album I arranged most of the photos from the 3/1961 issue of the revue. I hope that many aspiring photographers will get to see this album, enjoy, and learn from the photographs presented in it.
I will continue my search for other issues of “revue Photographie”, translate its best articles, and put up its photos here, on the pages of my blog… “
Feel free to share this album with anyone who you think can benefit from it, and I would appreciate any feedback regarding this album in the comments section below this post or to my email – greg at photopathway dot com.
I’ve got good news for you. I am opening a new category in my blog – Wallpapers For Free Download. Every now and then I will add large resolution photo to this category, for everybody to download and use as desktop wallpaper. Of course I will choose the photos carefully and only some of my best photos, which are also suitable to be a wallpaper, will end up here.
The first photo is ready for you to download!
For resolution 2560×1707 (wide screens) right-click here and choose “Save As” option.
For resolution 2560×1440 right-click here and choose “Save As” option.
I hope you enjoy this new feature, and the photos!