Texture photography ideas.

Learn what texture photography is and how to use it to create visual interest, plus some photoshoot ideas to incorporate for your next session.

What is texture?

In photography terms, “texture” is defined by the visual details of an object. It gives a clue to how the object might feel in your hand. Textures can be rough, smooth, irregular, granular, or bumpy — to name just a few.

Use texture to create visual interest.

Texture is often used to bring vibrancy to an image that may otherwise be flat or uninspiring. You can photograph texture up close (a knit sweater, for example) or from a distance (such as a forest of pine trees).

Macro photography is a great way to play around with texture. It’s more than just an extreme close-up of something small. It’s a way to showcase an object — such as a raspberry — in larger-than-life size, which often results in more details and textures that you can almost feel.

Introducing textures can also increase your skills as a photographer, since it will require you to pay close attention to your f-stop. The bigger your f-stop, the more details you’ll be able to capture in your photo. To create crisp, clear textural photos, it’s also advisable to use a tripod and timer to help prevent camera shake.

How to find texture to photograph.

You can find texture nearly anywhere. Even if you can’t travel to a texture-rich environment filled with ocean waves or dense pine needles, look closely around your home or take a walk around your own neighborhood. You may discover textures you never even noticed before.

Photoshoot ideas for texture photography.

Here are some close-at-hand texture photography ideas to get you started:

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