texture photography

Texture Photography

Texture Photography

Textures are details that make up the surface of things. Is the surface smooth or rough? Are these details patterned or contrasty? Texture photography is all about finding and shooting these details.  They can become the main subject and context of your photograph.

Textures are everywhere!  They can be discovered around, in, and on EVERYTHING!

Examples Of “Things” That Have Texture

  • Walls
  • Sidewalks
  • Water
  • Glass
  • Rusty Metal
  • Buildings
  • Fluids
  • Much Much More

Unlimited Photo Opportunities

There is an unlimited number of texture photos right outside your door. “Texture hunting” can be addictive!  Photographers can use texture photo walks to break themselves out of a slump.

Find a broken windshield, shoot it! Find an interesting wall, shoot it! Stick your camera under an old rusty boat, and shoot it!

You get the idea.

Camera Settings – Aperture

Experiment with texture photography by opening up AND closing up your aperture.  There is plenty of opportunities to experiment.  You can quickly change the look/feel of your image with small tweaks.

A scene at f/2.8 will look MUCH different than the same scene taken at f/16. If you’re going for a photo that is in focus across most of the frame, close your aperture up (f/13, f/16 or more).  If you’re going for more of a shallow depth of field, try opening up (f3.5, f5.6).

You’ll be surprised by the different looks you can get when you change your aperture.

Camera Settings – ISO

If you can do it, give yourself flexibility during editing by shooting at a lower ISO

Most digital cameras are capable of ISO 200, 100, or even lower. This results in less noise and better detail.

One of the reasons why so many artists enjoy texture photography is that there are many options when it comes time to edit. You can dramatically affect the overall feel of an image in post-production by editing textures.

A low ISO gives you more options.

Camera Settings – Shutter Speed

When dealing with shutter speed, you should immediately be thinking about motion!  Slower shutter speeds could result in some motion blur!  Textures are all about details.  So motion blur is probably not what you’re looking for.

Try using a faster shutter speed and freeze motion. 

If you must slow things down, use a tripod to stabilize your camera.

Framing & Composition

Hunting for textures is a great way to practice your framing and composition.

Since a rusty fence is in no hurry to go anywhere, you shouldn’t feel rushed at all.  Experiment and use different composition “rules”.  Then break all those rules and come up with something new.

Try flipping your photo upside down during editing. Shoot at a strange angle. Take a shot from really close, and then far away.

Just a few ideas!

Why Texture Photography Is So Great

Hunting for textures is available to all of us, at any time. It’s a great way to break free from a photo slump. It’s photography that has very little to do with clients and bosses.

Texture photography can be a break from your normal photography routine, or become a full-time obsession!

Go out and give it a try.