I’ve been experimenting with textures as a way to enhance images. It’s all the rage in senior portraiture.
Here are a few examples with my favorite senior:
The process involves choosing a texture image (such as a photograph of wallpaper or some random rust pattern), creating a layer of that above the subject, varying the amount of opacity (how much of the subject shows through), tweaking the opacity to emphasize facial features, and editing the final mix for impact.
I’m so used to “clean” images with great urban backgrounds that I don’t naturally think of texturing an image. But it’s another way to creatively process images to create a unique portrait that conveys a completely different message than the original shot.
I just started offering prints on metallic paper, 3/4″ standoff (black foam) mount, and printed directly on aluminum sheet. These textured images on aluminum will be amazing!
As I was waiting for a catalog to upload tonight, I experimented with a few different creative edits on an image that I chose from a recent dance photography session. I like this image because it features our model’s face, but there is some visual interest from her hand.
I tried a couple of different black and white conversions (I have dozens that I use), a softened and saturated color rendition, and finally a colored pencil sketch. Then I layered these four into a 2×2 matrix and added the thin border and some identification.
It is interesting to see where your eyes are drawn in each of these images. Even though they are the same starting photograph, the black and white images tend to draw your attention to Lindsey’s eyes, while the color image features her hair and skin. The pencil sketch draws out small details. Click on the image to see it in much more detail.
I offer a lot of creative edits. Many dance customers will ask for at least one creative print to stand out from their traditional color prints.