After taking a nature fine art online photography class, I really took to adding textures to my pictures. I was therefore delighted to find out there were apps that allowed me to do this on my smartphone.
This is my favourite of all the versions of the lone tree photograph I created with the DistressedFX app.
One of my favourite editing apps is DistressedFX. It is very easy to use, but it does take quite a bit of experimentation to find which photographic subjects best lend themselves to adding DistressedFX textures.
It never ceases to amaze me how different a photograph can look when applying another DistressedFX texture.
The ‘distressed effects’ worked out quite well, in my opinion, with this photograph of a bare tree taken during the past winter, on my way to a meeting.
This high contrast version works because of the graphic simplicity of the subject.
When editing the photos, what I typically do is cycle rapidly through the many textures/overlays DistressedFX has to offer, and then go back and tweak the ones I thought looked good.
This effect is called ‘Surreal’.
If you are like me and love to add texture effects to your iPhone pictures, I would recommend you try the DistressedFX app. But be warned it’s going to take some experimentation before you get the results you want.
I had contacted Anna way back about doing a light painting shoot, but since she studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, we needed to meet during her holidays, when she would be back in her native Edinburgh.
Finding backgrounds with interesting colours and/or textures is one of the keys to a good photograph. Anna and I very quickly spotted that this part of the organ at St Mary’s cathedral, Edinburgh could be a great backdrop for a light painting.
I always ask people if there are locations where they would like to be photographed. The Stockbridge area means a lot to Anna, so we decided to meet up at the McKenzie bridge for a light painting session.
Outdoor photography in Scotland is challenging at the best of times, but especially during the Christmas season, when Anna and I collaborated on this light painting project. It didn’t take long for the rain and cold to totally ruin our Stockbridge photo shoot.
There was no shortage of great backgrounds at St Mary’s cathedral. With a limited amount of time to shoot, I had to use the altar for the second and last set up.
We were about to pack and go home when Anna asked me if we could do light painting indoors, to which I responded ‘hell yes’. In an interesting twist of fate it turns out that Anna’s father is Vice-Provost at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. So we got access to an incredible location for light painting. Ironically, the awful weather on that day in Stockbridge turned out to be a blessing in disguise. This is not the first time something of that nature happens to me. The moral of the story is that bad weather can actually turn out to be really good.
We had tried a similar pose at McKenzie bridge, before the rain stopped us, and we tried it again with that superb background.