Photography tips for capturing texture.
Experiment with your camera settings.
With texture photography, the right aperture, ISO, and shutter speed make all the difference. If you want a shallow depth of field that creates a bokeh effect in the photo, a low aperture is what you need. “I’m definitely prone to using low apertures because I love background blur. But I think it sometimes depends on the texture, especially if it’s a larger wall, or if I really want to get everything in focus,” says Keister.
If you want to capture layered textures in a wide depth of field, you’ll need a narrow aperture and a long shutter speed. If you’re on a hike, bring a portable tripod. This enables you to take long exposures without worrying about camera shake.
Consider your light source.
While natural light can create beautiful, gentle gradients, harsh, direct light can wipe out the details of the texture. “When you’re photographing texture, you need to consider what kind of light there is. And because I’m mostly out in nature, I’m not in a position to control that light,” says Madden. “Bright, intense sun kills texture, for example. So I’m always looking for an overcast, rainy day. When everything is wet, the texture is that much more intense.”
If you shoot indoors at a photography studio, explore diffused artificial light and side lighting. This can highlight the surface of an object and bring out the details rather than flattening everything out. You should also experiment with different light setups to find the one that works best for your texture and artistic vision.