Working with Textures  8 September 2020   

JL GolosoUsing Zoom, Jane Lazenby BA(hons) fine art, CPAGB, LRPS, LMPA, BPE3*, EFIAP, ASEA, QTFE(2)was able to give the club a detailed insight from her home in Yorkshire, into how she transforms her images. Jane started her career as a painter but found that she became more and more interested in photography and the techniques that allowed her to be creative.
With a passion for horses she found that her enhanced images were very popular and did very well in photographic competitions and gained many distinctions. She now uses photography for her creativity looking for romance, intrigue and originality in her images.
JL gilded creaturesMany of her images showed amazing spirited horses that appeared to be wild and free but Jane let us see the original photographs that showed the handler, fences and other clutter in the background. Very cleverly the original image has been changed using textures that gave the image a Fine Art look. The difference between the images as taken strait out of the camera and then the versions she had enhanced was amazing. Unwanted backgrounds were removed and the whole image blended to give a painterly appearance and an overall consistency of colour.

Jane explained that textures are simply photographs that are overlaid over the original image and by using various blending techniques can transform an image. You can easily make your own textures by photographing subjects such as old stone, concrete, rusty metal, peeling paint or anything else that you might find useful. Canvas or old paper texture can give an ordinary image the look of an oil or watercolour painting. The texture chosen can make or break an image and change the mood entirely. A soft texture can give a photograph of a model an ethereal feeling but the same image with a rather more rugged texture can make it look quite menacing.
JL dogAfter the break Jane did some live editing showing in great detail how she achieves the effects.
Jane has kindly made some free videos available from her website so that you can follow step by step.
Demonstrating on a landscape image she showed how a texture can change the mood and colours.
Using ‘Photoshop’ Jane showed us the infinite range of blend modes and said her favourites were Soft Light, Screen and Multiply, but to try out other variants as they can give many different effects depending on the original image.
Jane showed how the cluttered background of a dog image right was transformed by painting it a suitable colour and then adding a complimentary texture.

Images enhanced using these techniques can be entered in Open and Creative club competitions so maybe members might like to have a go and rescue some good images that formerly would have ended up in the bin and make them amazing!

Frank thanked Jane for the fascinating insight into how a good image can be enhanced and changed into something really special. PM    Images © Jane Lazenby