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Creating Stunning Texture Photography Images

By Steve Garber

One of the most crucial parts of making powerful photos is composition. Needless to say, there are too many aspects of composition to cover in a single article. Instead, this article will examine just three aspects of composition — contrast, curves, and pattern. These areas of composition are very important for texture photography.

Paying attention to these three aspects of composition can definitely make your texture photos shine. So, let’s take a look.

How to use Contrast

Contrast comes in two forms: tonal contrast and color contrast. Either one works well for texture photography.

Now, there are a couple of ways that contrast may be used. The first way is within the texture itself. The reason this approach is effective is that the contrast brings out the texture detail. The result is that the detail is enhanced. Consequently, one of the best ways to create awesome texture images is to start with objects that have either good tonal contrast or good color contrast. Luckily, there are plenty of such objects around. One example is a rock formation with multi-colored layers.

The other way that contrast can be utilized is to make an area of texture contrast with the background. When this is done, the textured area will stand out and will draw the eye of viewers of the image. So, the way to make this method work is to carefully choose a textured area and a background that contrast. Again, there are a lot of these kinds of objects around. One example of this approach is a single, red, autumn leaf against the green background of a yard.

Consequently, locating an object with good contrast and taking advantage of side light (where applicable) is a very good start to creating texture images. Next, we can move on to the use of curves.

The Impact of Curves

Texture can take many different forms. Many times, it comes in the form of curves. Luckily, these curves can be used to enhance the composition of texture images. When an object has such curves, the curves can be of two types. The curves are either leading or non-leading.

Leading curves function to guide a viewer’s eye. So, where do leading curves led the viewer’s eye? Generally, they lead the viewer right to the image’s center of interest. The center of interest is strengthened as a result. This is a very good thing as the center of interest is the most important part of an image. One example of leading curves can be found in the wood grain, of an old board, that points to a knot in the wood.

Non-leading curves function differently. They don’t lead the viewer’s eye. Instead, they function to add some type of feeling or information to an image. In essence, these curves can help to add some zest or character to a texture photo. The grain of the wood of an old ghost town building is a good example of non-leading curves.

When using curves, it is very important to use curves that work in harmony with the rest of an image to communicate the primary point of the photo.


Patterns can be successfully used to attract the interest of a viewer. On the other hand, there can be a problem with patterns. If a pattern is very simple, it might fail to hold the viewer’s interest for more than a fairly limited time. Therefore, it is necessary to be a little more innovative with the use of patterns when creating texture images. There are a couple of ways that patterns in textures can be made more effective: multiple patterns and breaking the pattern.

When working with multiple patterns, two or more patterns, that reinforce each other, are used. One example is rock formations that have different texture patterns that join in an appealing way.

The other alternative is to break the texture pattern. Placing an object into the pattern is the easiest way to achieve this. One, black marble in a field of white marbles illustrates this method.

The inserted object should be carefully placed in such a fashion that it improves the composition. Frequently, using the rule of thirds (or a similar composition rule) in placing the object will give great results.

In Summation

This article offers information that can give you a solid foundation for creating great texture images. Even so, there is a lot more information which can be learned about texture photography.

To learn more about texture photography, click Shooting Texture Photography.

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