I have to admit my favorite photography subjects are flowers. What’s not to like? They are generally cooperative, don’t require bribery for posing and you usually don’t have to travel half way around the world to find them. Take these lovely poppies for instance. I found them in the garden surrounding, of all places, the local hardware store.
Here is a trick I learned recently in a class at JessicaSprague.com.
First, here is the picture straight out of the camera. (SOOC)
Although it looks overexposed I thought I would see what effects I could get with a texture layer. A texture is basically any JPEG file that can be added as a layer in Photoshop. Anything can be used really. The trick is to adjust the blending mode in the layers palate. Blending modes tell Photoshop how each layer will interact with the layers below it. For my poppies I used a combination of textures I bought from Ash Imagery each blended in a different way.
Here is another example of a previous post’s photo with a texture added.
As you can see there are tons of interesting artistic effects you can achieve with this simple trick.