Tips for Photographing Textures
1. FIND A TEXTURE: Once you start looking for patterns and textures, you will start noticing them a lot more all around. You will eventually start encountering textures that are more unique and beautiful than others. Keep your eyes open.
2. CREATE A TEXTURE: If you're having a hard time finding a texture. Find objects that can create a texture and experiment. Do not forget about the importance of having depth in your textures. Uneven and rough surfaces, straight and smooth surfaces rarely look good in photographs. Shadows communicate depth and dimension of a texture, so make sure that your textures have shadows.
3. LIGHTING: Sunlight is one of the best light sources for textures, especially close to sunrise and sunset, when the light rays hit objects at an angle. Bright sunny days are the best because they throw hard shadows. Cloudy days can create a soft, diffused light that will soften shadows. Without shadows, images lose their sense of depth and dimensionality.
4. ANGLES: A straight picture of a texture might be boring, so try to play with the angles. Consider moving to a unique perspective and also playing with your depth of field (aperture). Try opening your aperture up to shoot with shallow depth of field!
5. MIX & MATCH: Mix different textures with different colors, and so on. The same textures in the same colors can be boring. Search for (or create) variation.
6. REPETITION: Repetition of patterns is what creates a uniform texture. These patterns can be everything from curves to straight lines. Try to locate the section of a texture that showcases repetition or similarities.
7. SHAPES: In some cases, you might find a pattern that resembles something (an everyday object or a living being). If you notice such resemblances anywhere, don’t forget to take a picture! These are often entertaining and eye catching for viewers.