Freebie Textures

This summer, I’m taking Digital Painting with a Wacom Tablet through MCAD’s Continuing Education program with Lindsay Nohl. For one of our homework assignments we were asked to find some textures to add to our digital graphics in class. I took my camera around the house, and really had a great time hunting for textures. When I was done, I thought it would be great to provide them online as well.

Below are the thumbnails and web-quality images, but you can also download them at full-resolution at the bottom of the page. They are not perfect!

Feel free to use them commercially or for your own art. These are not for resale or for use in commercial templates. Do not republish or distribute on the web unless you provide a back link and credit to Shalanah Dawson.

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Grant at the Fineline – Concert Photography

I’m excited to take photos more often at my husband’s musics gigs (grantdawsonmusic.com). I started with Grant at the Fineline this past weekend. He can be seen here playing keys with John Kurtis Dehn on guitar and August Ogren-Dehn on drums. Fun night of music! It was difficult to get the right lighting for sure! But here are couple I think that turned out. Enjoy 🙂

Color Run Photography

I was one of the Color Run photographers this weekend, and they were kind enough to let me use a few of the photos to show on the web. If you want a copy of race pictures by race photographers – who took photos before, during and after the race – go to Zazoosh. They might not be up yet, but they will be soon! Enjoy this small sampling till then 🙂 .

Light Writing/Painting – High School In Class DigiPhoto Assignment

Here are some of the best images from “light writing/painting” in class assignment. More info about light writing to come 🙂 .

Interactive Photography Ed Website – Columbia College Chicago

I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on Digital Photography for a new course I’m teaching at Waconia High School. I knew that Columbia College had an awesome photography program and an amazing free gallery – Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP); but, I didn’t know they also have a educational website on how to use cameras – Foundations Photo Lab. I really enjoyed “Motion and Shutter Speed” in particular. There, I found some great examples of how shutter speed affects the same shot. Look around. It is an awesome resource!

Wisconsin Triathlon Pictures

Grant and I were invited to participate in a close friend’s triathlon (which was really fun!). Grant competed and I thought for the first year it would be fun to take photographs instead. Action photography is hard and you just have to be ready to take a lot of pictures. The major difficulties are focus (because of the speed and direction) and variable light because I was moving from one spot to the next. I really enjoyed it, and it was a great refresher for me on sports photography. For the  photo nerds: using Nikon D300, 80-200mm lens with 2.8 aperture, and 2000 shutter speed, 200 ISO for beach and 1600 ISO for bike/run.

Here are some of the highlights.

– Shalanah Dawson