Sunday, October 17, 2010

More practice....

Some portraits I did for a friend. 

Practice Makes Perfect

I've been working some more with those textures. I found a wonderful site, Shadow House Creations , that has a plethora of amazing textures.  I just have to show the latest portrait I've done using an oil cloth texture that I dl'd from the site.

I did a mild gaussian blur on the texture to simulate the slight bokeh that was going on with Dalton's shoulder arm area.  I then combined the layers and added a vintage pink layer from a palette also downloaded from ShadowHouse Creations.  I set the blend mode of that to overlay and reduced the opacity to 30% to give Mr. Dalton a nice baby pink glow.  This kid is seriously white otherwise ;) It also helped to reduce some of the dry baby newborn skin he had going on.  I am rather loving this portrait of him.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010


I've been playing around using textures to add a portrait backdrop feel to my photos. I just wanted to give you a quick glimpse however of what a texture can do to liven up a photo.

This is the image SOOTC (straight out of the camera). A bright day and a high shutter speed do not make for deep colors. One does what one can with an active 6 year old however.

add a layer of a bright, multicolored texture found at

blend the layer. I used multiply for this one I believe. The color in the texture layer add depth and warmth to the greenery in the photo.