More free textures to add interest to your images

Vintage Drifting SkyTexture by Texture Time

Texture photography can be a standalone genre of photography for those who like to capture detail and abstract images. Textures are also used by many photographers and digital artists to enhance their work.

Today here’s another collection of the finest fresh new free textures to use in your own work.

Please note these files are under the creative commons license, so please visit the texture’s page by clicking on the corresponding image and read the owner’s requirements for using their work first. Let’s all be one big happy family =)

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10 simple lessons to take your photography to the next level (lessons 6-10)

6) CONTROL THE LIGHT

Your Brain
Your camera or smartphone is not as clever as you are…it can only see 4 stops of light (let’s not worry about what stops are for now) but your eye can see 12 stops. So, for example, you line up your friends against a bright background and all looks amazing…you take a picture and your friends are quite dark and the background is not great either…wot the?

The camera or smartphone is trying it’s best to work out the exposure (how much light to capture) so guesses somewhere in the middle, it doesn’t know your friends are more important than the background.

Your job is to help it and prioritise what’s important.

The great news is that most cameras, phones and apps have something brilliant called exposure compensation that nobody much ever uses. It basically allows you to add or subtract light after the camera has made its guess. It often has the symbol +/-
Check out your device and start using it today!

Indoors tricks
What we want is quality of light and not quantity. Often in a room there is way too much light bouncing everywhere to make an interesting picture, so take control! Turn off the overhead lights, close the door, half close the curtains and suddenly thing get interesting.

Taking control may mean moving your subject to a better position….look around, are there any pools of light from windows? Maybe turn on a lamp and if not…why not create your own with inexpensive LED video lights? (More on that soon.)

Cheats:

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10 simple lessons to take your photography to the next level (lessons 1-5)

1) FILL THE FRAME

Take a moment to think about what you are trying to say (photographing) and try to fill the frame with just that.

Be bold:

Then once you think you have got as close as you can…..get closer!

You’ll be amazed how many times there is another picture in your picture and often one with more impact.

I know this sounds simple and obvious, but go look at your gallery with fresh eyes… 

A word of caution:  Unless you have an optical zoom (sorry smartphone users) you need to avoid zooming if at all possible…I know you can zoom, but what you are actually doing if you zoom digitally is just throwing away pixels and therefore quality.

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Be inspired by smartphone photographer Dilshad Corleone

Take three minutes to check out this inspirational, well-shot video featuring some great advice from smartphone photographer Dilshad Corleone about shooting, composing and telling a story with an image.

Of his practice, Dilshad says…

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Phoneography 101 – discover the secrets of fab phone photography!

The clever people over at Photojojo are offering an online course in which you can learn photography fundamentals for your favourite camera – your phone!

And it’s an offer too good to refuse… the special introductory price is just $5 and you receive a bonus FREE $5 Photojojo Gift Card when you finish!

iPhone classes start 1st March 2013
(Android classes coming soon)

phoneography101Photojojo University’s Phoneography 101 is a 4-week course that teaches you the principles of photography through the lens of your phone.

Twice a week you’ll receive an email with a simple and fun lesson that ends with a challenge to help you consolidate your new skills.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

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How to make your own photographic textures


Click on the images above to see the original works

It’s easy to reach for Google when you need some suitable textures for your work, but armed with a little imagination and a camera it’s ridiculously easy to create your own. The following tutorial from the clever people over at Redbubble contains some tips for photographing textures and a whole bunch of textures you can find in and around your own home…


Concrete

Getting Started: Camera Settings

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Have fun experimenting with white balance tweaks

Did you know that white balance is the quickest way to turn your camera into an InstaLomoCrosstography machine?

This tutorial is a fun, simple way to play with colour a la Instagram or Lomography without any apps or chemicals!

All you need to do is take the correct white balance and set it to the “wrong” white balance to get sweet shifts in tones and colours.

We put together a guide on exactly what kind of colour shifts you’ll get with each setting. No Android-based technology here. You can do it all with the settings your camera already has!

Create Sweet White Balance Experiments

Why it’s cool:

ingred-smDid you know that your brain has magic colour changing abilities? Well, sort of.

Your brain can’t change it’s own colour (bummer!), but it does an awesome job at making sure the colour white always looks that way. In other words, our brains are stuck in Auto White Balance.

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