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Working with Textures

EM5 imaged combined with texture file

One thing that I really enjoy doing is working with texture files. I like the surprise of the new and enjoyment of creating something more akin to art than photography. I don’t often share this sort of work as many people don’t class it as photography and quite a lot don’t like it.

But if you do like it you might like to share in some of the high resolution texture files I have created. They are available for free download in the members area of the Lenscraft website. There are two styles on there at present; Grunge (dark) and Watercolour and I plan to add more in the future. Here’s a few samples.

Grunge03-thumb Grunge09-thumb Watercolour 07-thumb Watercolour 14-thumb

So if you like working with texture files and want some new textures head over to www.lenscraft.co.uk and log in to the members area.


Something for Nothing

One of my old Sony R1 images processed in Perfect Effects. The software creates a nice artistic effect.
One of my old Sony R1 images processed in Perfect Effects. The software creates a nice artistic effect.

Photography has been through a very odd transformation over the past 10 years. In the pre-digital era good photographs were relatively rare from amongst the amateur community. Also equipment (I mean really good equipment) cost a fortune and wasn’t really affordable by amateurs. Sure there were a few talented people but most images evidenced problems. The digital era has turned all that on its head and now everyone is a photographer with the ability to turn out pro quality images.

Whilst this has led to a higher demand and usage it’s also lead to a glut of great photography. People who are using images now seem to want photographers to literally give away their images. Basically people expect something for nothing from photographers but it’s rare that the photographer can get something for nothing. That’s why I want to share something with you.

As many of you will know, I am a heavy user of Nik filters and have been for probably the past 4 years now. What you might not know though is that I am also a user of the On-One Software filters and have been using their products for around 8 years now. The other night I happened to be browsing their website when I came across their free products section and found you could download a free version of Perfect Effects 8.

As I already have the full Perfect Photo Suite I can’t install this version but if it’s anything like the Perfect Effects in the Photo Suite it’s well worth having. Here is the link to the free download and whilst you are there, check out the free presets for Lightroom and similar software also.


Have fun.

New Tutorial Live

My latest Lightroom Tutorial is live and available for free download from my Lenscraft website. It’s published in PDF format and goes live ahead of publication on ePHOTOzine. The last tutorial proved very popular and I am always open to suggestions for future articles.

Membership of Lenscraft is free and you will gain access to past tutorials and newsletters. I also promise you won’t receive loads of spam and unsolicited offers. I do this because I enjoy sharing my experience with like minded photographers.