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Applying Textures to Food Photography

This month our food photography challenge in the fabulous group of food photographers in The Inspired Plate group was to add a texture to your food photography photo. Okay, I do this sometimes. Usually to photos shot outdoors though, not sure why those photos call me to add a texture more than photos shot inside.

fall wine photo

I usually like a very subtle use of texture. On this Yuengling Beer photo at the beach, I wanted the background to fade away a bit and the overall tone be a bit warmer. A light use of texture (Pashmina from Florabella) helped with the mood. The original is on the left, the textured photo on the right.

beer at the beach

Different textures can provide different moods for the photo. The next photo has Chartreuse from Florabella applied using the soft light blending method.

green peppers with florabella chartruese

Depending on the blending method, you can change the mood with the same texture. This next photo has the same texture applied using the linear burn blending method.

green peppers with texture applied with linear burn

Here is the same photo with some flare and bokeh overlays from Patty Brown’s Kaleidoscope collection.

green peppers with bokeh applied

The next photo I ran through my Topaz Adjust filter with the HDR settings on a duplicate layer. Then I lowered the opacity on the Topaz Adjust layer.

green peppers HDR topaz adjust

I had fun playing with adding textures to these photos. I enjoyed adding different textures in different blending modes until I found the mood I was hoping for with the photos.

Hop over to Tiffany Dahle from Peanut Blossom and see what she captured for this month’s challenge.

{ 7 comments… add one }

  • Jennifer September 24, 2012, 11:47 am

    Kay-nicely done! Looks like you had a ton of fun playing around with textures too :-) I love that first pepper image-the texture is sublime!

  • Tammy Bilodeau September 24, 2012, 12:31 pm

    WOW Kay what great examples you provided for us to see. I love that you went over and above what was expected. They are all stunning, great job

  • Sarah September 24, 2012, 2:15 pm

    These are all great. I love that you shared everything you used, and the variety!

  • Allison Jacobs September 24, 2012, 4:52 pm

    Love how many images you used textures on here! Those peppers are so crisp & clean—I think they are my fave!

  • Kat September 24, 2012, 10:21 pm

    Kay I love the placement of the leaves in the first image. THey really added a sense of time for the image. My favorite pepper pic is the one with Patty Brown’s kaleidoscope collection.

  • Caroline September 25, 2012, 11:34 am

    The peppers with the Topaz adjust filter are gorgeous!!! I love the wine bottle and the leaves too…dang…I love them all!

  • Stacey S September 25, 2012, 11:36 am

    Wow, I think you had some fun here Kay!! LOVE all the examples – I love the leaves in the fist image too, especially since I can’t find any like that here (I looked lol). That is also why I often use a texture on beach images – it has that way of bringing up some nice warm tones. Love those green peppers – I must revisit my Kaleidoscope collection. Beautiful job!

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