New Picture PLUS How to add a FREE Textured Canvas Background

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: March 7, 2017

Category: Photography

Last week I was invited to present at Wokingham Camera Club so put together some content that would include talking about ‘style’ but also incorporate a LIVE SHOOT and some Retouching / Post Production techniques.

Here’s a picture that I took and retouched from the evening…
Glyn Dewis, Elinchrom

HUGE thanks to Martin Pickles from the club for inviting me along but also for taking this Behind the Scenes picture of me during the live shoot photographing David Rapley whom I volunteered to model 🙂

You can see from the picture below I was using my favourite one light set up with the Elinchrom Rotalux 135cm (50″) Octa and the light was the ELB 400; oh and a seamless roll of grey paper for the background…a really simple set up that I just love.

Glyn Dewis, Elinchrom

During the first part of the evening I mentioned about how you can use texture to create your own bespoke textured canvas effect background. The textures can be anything such as walls, floors, slabs of concrete and so on and to put them onto the grey background is so incredibly simple. 

Here’s a video I recorded for my YouTube Channel showing you how. In the video I use Adobe Exchange to get a texture but as I do now, you can photograph them yourself as I mentioned:

Of course you could say “Why not just have a canvas background anyway?” Well there’s a few reasons for me…

  1. For travelling around and setting up ‘on location’ a canvas would be a nightmare; full of creases…they need to be hung permanently to be their best
  2. Using textures I can create bespoke backgrounds for every single image if I wanted
  3. Textures are FREE…and that’s always a bonus; textured canvases will knock you back a few hundred £ at least!

Anyway here’s the out of camera image and the retouched image next to each other. Whilst presenting and taking the picture I did crop in a little tighter than I’d wanted using my 85mm lens so you’ll see in the retouched version how I rebuilt the left hand side adding the end of a finger and a bit of Dave’s jeans…

Glyn Dewis Elinchrom

So there you go, just a quick look at a recent portrait taken very quickly whilst given a presentation which I think shows that if you practice a technique over and over again it becomes second nature. So much so that the technical side of the photograph is ‘in the bag’ meaning you don’t concern yourself with it which leaves you doing what you should be doing…talking with the subject.

Hope this is useful but if you have any questions then please make use of the comments section below and I’ll get back to you asap.


ps> CLICK HERE to check out a LARGE version of this portrait over on my 500px portfolio page; hope you like it 🙂

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