Texture photography Is all about finding and shooting patterns, details, color, and depth. Textures are everywhere! They can be discovered around, in and on EVERYTHING!
Unlimited Photo Opportunity
Because there is an unlimited number of photos right outside your door, "texture hunting” can be addictive! Photographers can use this style to break themselves out of an artist's block or slump.
Find a broken windshield, shoot it! Find an interesting wall, shoot it! Stick your camera under in old rusty boat, and shoot it!
Always Be Shooting.
Camera Settings: Aperture
Experiment by opening up AND closing up your aperture. There are plenty of situations and 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.
Camera Settings: ISO
If you can do it, give yourself flexibility during editing by shooting at a low ISO
Most digital cameras are capable of ISO 200, 100 or even lower. This results in less noise/grain, and great detail in the shadows/highlights of an image.
One of the reasons why so many artists enjoy texture photography is that there are many options when it comes time to edit the photograph. You can dramatically affect images in post-production by adjusting curves, brightness, color balance, contrast and MORE!
A low ISO will help you with this. Transforming your image!
Camera Settings: Shutter Speed
Just like any other genre of photography, when dealing with shutter speed, you're dealing with motion! Slower shutter speeds could result in some motion blur! Textures are all about details. So motion blur is NOT YOUR FRIEND!
Try using faster shutter speeds to freeze motion. If you need to slow things down, pack a tripod to stabilize your camera.
Framing & Composition
Hunting for textures is a great way to practice your framing and composition. Poor composition usually results in poor images. Or throw-a-way images.
Since a rusty fence is in no hurry to go anywhere, you shouldn't feel rushed at all. Practice using your favorite composition "rules". Then experiment and come up with something new!
Why Texture Photography Is So Great
It's all about hunting and shooting with very little, if any, direction from clients or bosses. Just go out and do it.
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