This photograph was taken in a long hallway full of doors, at the end of the hallway, I had Jessica sitting in front of the last door in front of a swing arm desk lamp. With Photoshop, I added a texture layer, which enabled me to completely edit out the hall, doors, and lamp, then used the eraser tool to uncover the model and light, to give that focus to the model and create a magical effect with the light as an orb floating in her hand.
This portrait of Jessica was set up on a stairwell, note completely unattractive area, with grey patterned carpeted stairs and oddly colored two tone walls. But the natural lighting created by the entrance glass, made for a nicely lit portrait. Adding a texture layer with Photoshop, to the photograph, then using the eraser tool to uncover the model, allowed me to completely draw the eye to the model, and completely remove the distracting walls and carpeted stairs.
I am by far not an expert in photography or texture usage, but I thought that sharing how I created this effect might be nice to share with other people who are just learning like me! It is a fun added way to create a unique portrait style to any portrait composition. Regarless of where you take the photo. All that is needed is good lighting, and a texture overlay. There are many free resources for download on the internet as well as on flickr. Happy texturing!