Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project
Each week a group of professional pet photographers band together & challenge themselves to create new images based on a common theme. These images are then shared in each photographers blog (on Fridays). A "blog circle." is formed as each photographer links to another member's blog at the bottom of their post. If you love looking at beautiful pet photographs be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link to take you to the next very talented photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!
This weeks objective is to use texture as a design element in our photographs. Images that use this technique can create impact by showing different textures. When used correctly, the effect of the texture of the elements in the image can become as commanding as the use of pronounced colors, dramatic scenery or induced movement by lines. Ideally the dogs/pets fur could be used to demonstrate this....lol, though, because I recently had Teddy groomed to a very short coat. and Bruiser is practically naked! I knew before I even started that this theme would pose a challenge for me.
It should also be noted for this weeks project that the use of textures could be accomplished by using elements within the image or by adding textures in post processing. The majority of my images are taken outdoors where textures from the subjects surroundings could be used to draw attention to the image. For my first image I was looking to use the contrast and texture of the straw like winter grasses to draw the viewer to the subject. I also added a subtle texture overlay to the image to enhance this. (A first for me). While I find the image pleasing overall, in hindsight if I had used a smaller aperture my depth of field would have been greater giving more opportunity to demonstrate the contrast here. Good lesson learned...I don't mind the added graininess from the texture (you have to look hard for it -its that subtle!) but, I think I need to study up on this technique more to really understand how to use it effectively.
"Are we done yet?"
The second image was taken on a wooden bridge. Texture overlays were not used this time, rather I wanted to rely on the natural wood and grass textures in the image to add interest. I boosted the contrast to highlight the grain in the wood and whiskers on Teddy's face. I also ran an unsharp mask in areas using photoshop. All very subtle in their application. Again, a smaller aperture would have been a better choice here as well.
I am really looking forward to seeing and learning how others used texture to enhance their images. Join me as I head over to the next photographer in our blog circle, Elaine of I Got The Shot Photography, Northeastern PA Pet Photographer.
Until next week!