Taking Great Texture Pictures

Clicking great texture pictures is easy, fun and a pretty good way to get paid. To capture good textures, you actually do not need to be a professional photographer or have access to state of the art equipment. There are a few important tips, though, that can be followed to capture some awesome textures, such as:

Face Your Subject

One of the biggest mistakes that an amateur makes is not facing the texture subject front on. Every good texture is almost always undistorted and completely flat. Hence, you need to make sure that the camera is pointed at a 90-degree angle relative to the textured surface. This makes the texture as flat as possible.

Too Close for Comfort

The next most common mistake that is committed is that the photographer zooms in way too much. Zooming in is good to get that extra detail, but it is not good for making a tiled texture. Hence you must try to cover as much surface area as possible without losing a lot of detail. The resolution should not be a problem because almost every point and shoot camera has over 6 megapixels these days.

Also, try to take several pictures--some with a greater zoom and some of the complete surface. If the surface has multiple textures, try to get each one in a different picture.

Closing Tips

  • Try to filter out shadows and reflections. These are especially bad for a texture.
  • Do not use flash. Try to go for natural lighting because flash tends to wash out a lot of detail. This defeats the purpose of clicking a texture in the first place.
  • Be still. Zooming in increases the chance of shaky shots. This can cause blurry shots and wash out the texture.