The first and foremost reason why I have learned to work with layers in Photoshop was because I wanted to create artistic images. I was seeing all these beautiful photos on blogs which were displaying a gradation or hint of colour and scratches in their backgrounds, some had a wonderful vintage look and others looked like paintings. I so loved these photos and I was so inspired by all these blogs. When I finally learned how to work with layers, a whole new world opened before me. I had discovered a way to be creative and give my photos a more personal touch.
When I choose a photo to work with, I envision and sense what I want the image to convey. And from that, the choice of textures will infuse the image with an ambiance, an emotion or a surreal feel. While I love transforming my photos, I try not to denature them to the point where the qualities of the photos are lost, but rather just transform them in a subtle and gentle way while conserving their essential qualities.
Here are a few photos I took this summer.
St-Simon Les Mines
A barn at St-Simon Les Mines
Autumn path in a wood near my home.
St-Lawrence River at Cap De Bon Désir where I have seen the great blue whale.
Chaudière River at Notre-Dame Des Pins
Covered bridge on Chaudière River in Notre-Dame Des Pins
My greatest inspiration in art images is professional photographer Sarah Gardner. She has mastered the art of textures and each of her images are pure beauties. To me, she is the high priestess of textures 🙂 and I’ve learned so much from her in her beautiful and wonderful new book “Art Beyond The Lens”. If you would like to learn how to work with textures then this is the book to own. It’s a beautiful book filled with many of her photos, tutorials and tips on how to apply and work with textures, and the book is beautiful enough to sit on a coffee table. You can buy it here and visit her blog here.
I hope you are all doing fine and having a nice end of autumn. Here the weather is great, it’s 16°C and guess what ?, I’m off on my bike to take more landscape photos !
Have a nice week everybody !