Were it not for blogging, I don't know that I would ever have discovered my passion for photography. If I had, I don't know where in the world I would have begun to inform my passion. To say that I am indebted to many generous bloggers who have shared their knowledge, resources, and inspiration is an understatement. Today I want to give credit to a few who have been a constant influence on my learning, and truly a blessing to me.
Becky, who blogs at Life With Kaishon, interviews a different photographer every week. These interviews are a gold mine. You can see them all here. Last week she interviewed a photographer by the name of Kim Klassen, who is truly an artist. There were a lot of textures in her gorgeous photos. I often drool over photos with beautiful textures, renewing my vows never to
delve into one more time-sucking "craft" try them because I avoid Photoshop like the plague. (I do quick edits in iPhoto.) But Kim linked to a post on her free tutorial site called "Textures in Ten". As in ten minutes. Instruction, free texture downloads, example, practice and all. Done. I couldn't resist. So I opened my Photoshop Elements and voila! It really was just that easy.
As soon as I finished, I knew just the photo I wanted to try it on. This original photo (textured above) captured a super sweet moment when Lee and the kids were playing "Red Light, Green Light" on the gigantic lawn at a park we visited. The setting sun was beautiful, but so bright on the front of that big building that the glare was a little blinding and the background washed out. This first attempt at textures makes me very excited about the possibilities. Not that I think I'll use them often, but from time to time I'll have just the photo for it.
Susan Keller is another photographer/blogger who shares generously. Her tutorials are here, at her blog Short on Words. She has been a huge source of inspiration and encouragement to me. I remembered that she has shared some posts about textures, which I have ignored completely. When I went to look, I saw that she had linked to another generous artist, Jerry Jones at Shadowhouse Creations. He gives away tons of textures for free, along with tutorials for using them. I went to his Picasa gallery and downloaded just a few that I knew I would use to get started.
Finally, I am indebted to Amy and Angie and all the contributors over at iheartfaces.com. They have provided a wonderful community for photographers of all levels that gives instruction, challenges, support, and opportunities for feedback, and abundant inspiration. This week's challenge is "From a Distance", and my newly textured photo is perfect for the theme.
So I'm curious. If you read this far...where have you gotten your inspiration?