Continue on Brenda’s A Photo Study. Today I am working on CONTEMPLATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY VIII – TEXTURE.
Texture is one of those things that I thought I knew what it was, and never bothered to find out more. I started preparing this post 4 days ago, read a few articles, and when I was ready to post, somehow, I had an uneasy feeling on what I wrote. Went back to the drawing board, read a few more articles, here I am, trying to write a totally different post. From this experience, I’ve learned that every article has its targeted readers and I need to be smart enough to know which one is written for me.
Anyway, what I’ve learned about texture…
1. Texture has a lot to do with how light hits on the surface. Highlights and shadows are key elements to present textures. (Better photograph from an angle.)
2. Contrast, curves and patterns help composing a texture image.
3. A pure texture shot is a detail shot. For example, the bark of a tree.
4. Generally, a texture should be evenly focused throughout.
5. Textures can be applied to existing photos to create different effects.
Add Texture to an Existing Photo
Add the fan (the 2nd photo) to this photo:
You can hardly tell the difference, I know. But I do like it better with the texture. So I tried again…
I was having a lot of fun so I kept playing. It didn’t take me long to realize that randomly picking up a texture photo added to any existing photo didn’t work well 😉 Some photos just didn’t go well together. (Reminds me of arranged marriage… Ha.)
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