28 December 2015

A New Year.... a new project (Getting started with Textures)



ITS THAT WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR AGAIN when it's time to give some serious thought to the year ahead. I enjoy embracing a new craft or project at the beginning of the year when the weather is at its worst and dark days require an extra boost of creative inspiration.  At the beginning of last year I dived into painting, reviving my passion for Watercolour, this year its doll and felt making, neither of which I have ever done before. I have no training in either and just love the feel on embarking into the realm of a new endevour. It's just exciting to see where new ideas take me and how they will influence my photography. 

If you're new to digital photography, or perhaps got your first DSLR this Christmas, or you just want to tackle a different way of processing then processing with Textures could be for you. Its a wonderful way of inviting more creativity into your work. I was seriously taken with Textures a few years back, so much so I spent every available hour mastering the application and then the started creating and designing my own. Textures gave my work a signature look and I was one of a handful of photographers using textures to add a creative look to my work. I even went as far as getting my work, methods and ideas published so you too can read and learn all the tips and techniques I discovered and employed to my own working practice. 

Getting Started with Textures
1) Get my book, Art Beyond the Lens by Sarah Gardner. Purchase from all good book suppliers, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble. 




January brings her own magic and possibly the quietest time of year in my household. From January through to March the world outside my window is still, perhaps covered in a blanket of snow or and sparkly frost. It's the start of a brand new years and a time I embrace for learning, sorting, complete old projects. There is a wonderful sense of renewal in my little creative world as the cold frozen wind blows outside the window.  I'm often in search of a new project myself as well as offering other photographers the opportunity to learn a new skill through my shared experiences and techniques taught in my book. You'll find everything you need to get inspired and started.  

Enjoy Sarah x

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11 comments:

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  2. I know that your book transformed me in SO many ways!! It truly was the key - the start of an opening up in my creative life - in my photography!! Forever love your output for that! :) xxo

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    1. Katy, Ive watched your work transform over the past year and its magical to see how a mind set, and clear passion and determination, can bring a quality of its own to your beautiful photography. I hope 2016 is an amazing year for you. Sarah x

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  3. I have been the proud owner of your book for over 2 years now and I still refer to it for certain techniques and inspirations. Thank you for the wonderful gift of your Vintage Paper frames, in my world this is a GREAT gift because I live in South Africa and our exchange rate at the moment makes it near impossible to spend in Pounds, Dollars or Euro's. So this is a bit thank you from my side of the pond. Kind regards to you out of Africa Sandra

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    1. Sandra, So great to hear my book has been so helpful. I'm sorry to hear you can't make purchases if there is anything you need (from my store) please get in touch and I'm sure we can work something out. Kind regards Sarah

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  4. Sarah, I purchased your book and first collection of Actions a few years ago...they are my go to tools when I my images need an enhancement. Like Sandra, the book is my reference and reminder when I'm editing. Recently I was asked about my images and how I attain light and airy, and I shared your book and actions with them, which they in turn purchased and love! You are such a delight to follow and get inspiration from. Thank you so much for all you share. Happy New Year!! xx

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    1. Beverly, thank you for lovely feedback. Its always rewarding to hear that somewhere many miles my work is proofing useful and in some same way Im contributing to inspiring others. Happy New Year to you too.

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  5. well-done , you have made a excellent post new year start new project awesome guys .

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  6. These flower photos are more nice reason i like flower so much .

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  7. A lot of thanks Sarah . I applaud your photos .

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  8. These flowers are looking just so adorable and I am also thinking to use same flowers for my New Year party that I am going to organize at best event venue Chicago. It will be a family get-to-gather and that is why I want to keep it simple.

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