What Is Texture Photography?

Texture photography is one way of drawing the viewer’s attention into the image. Photographs that use this technique create impact by showing different textures. When used correctly, the effect of the texture of the elements in the image can become as commanding as the use of pronounced colors, dramatic scenery or induced movement by lines.

Kinds of Texture Photography

There are three major categories under this type of photography. Detail presents the aspects seen on the surface of the material. Identifying what the object is less significant. A macro lens is usually used to focus on the details. With drama, the texture is not the most important, but one of the components of the image. It is the relationship between the textures which is important. Information is the third type. It is used to help understand what the image is.  

Composing Texture Photographs

Contrast, curves and patterns are aspects of texture photographs which can help compose an image. Contrast, whether tonal or color, makes the texture detail show up even more. Curves help convey a sense of movement with leading curves directing the attention towards the focal point. Non-leading curves have no specific direction but still give information about the image. Patterns can help catch the viewer’s attention. Combining multiple patterns can support each other. Another method is by breaking the pattern for an interesting effect.