How can anyone write about a pair of boots? I mean what’s so interesting about them? Nothing really…but there again this post was never about the boots, more about the technique I used to get the final image.
In my garage I have a table with a large black sheet behind it which serves as the backdrop for a lot of my still life images. The table is side-lit with lots of natural light coming in from large window looking out to the garden and because of this lighting I can quite often bracket my images for some later HDR work. As an aside its from this garage window that I shoot a fair few of the wild birds who visit the feeders in the garden. Anyway back to the “old boots”
After the HDR processing I wanted to “grunge” up the image a bit. The easiest way to do this is to blend in some textures and then progressively use layer masks to darken the background more but make the boots stand out. So where did I get the textures? Well I make most of my own, they’re not that hard to create in Photoshop or similar, but if that’s too much like hard work, there are plenty of sites out there giving them away for free. Google is your friend here. Two places I can recommend are the Textures for Layers group on Flickr and Shadowhouse Creations. You can find a link to Shadowhouse Creations on my homepage. Alternatively if you want to use any of my textures then you can get them from my Flickr account. One thing I will advise, before using any image/texture that you download from the web make sure that you check the licensing. Do you know what a Creative Commons License Is? What about Flickr? Can you use any image on there for your own purposes? I’d like to know your views on using textures or any of the questions I have posed here today.