In my online class with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet, I teach my fellow photographers how to incorporate the elements of visual design into their imagery.
One of the basic elements is Texture. Texture, simply put refers to the surface quality of a shape. The use of texture can grab the attention of the viewer, and can be a powerful tool in creating good photographs. There are three kinds of texture: Detail, Drama, and Information.
Detail is just that. By moving the camera in close to an object, the camera records the detail while the actual objects becomes less important. An example would be a close up of a rock formation.
Drama is the kind of texture we see that adds to your composition. In this instance, texture plays a supporting role rather than the principal role as in the detail variety. The color or contrast of this texture is what’s relevant here so it’s important to consider that in your composition. An example would be a large canyon with layers of different colored rock.
Information is when we utilize this texture to communicate an idea that will enhance the final impact of your image. An example would be an image of a decades old rusty car in the desert (shown above). This texture alludes to the history of which the car was a part of.
We think of texture as prickly, sharp, rough and hard. Texture can also be smooth and cold. Since we were young, texture has been instilled in our thought process. As a result, we’ve been aware of touch: Don’t touch that it’s sharp, don’t touch that it’s wet, don’t touch that it’s dirty, don’t touch that you don’t know where it’s been.
Texture, as an element of design, can best be accomplished during “golden hour’. This is when texture can be viewed as a bolder relief. Late or early light adds richness to texture and saturates the color within it.By using texture, we can make the viewer feel like touching the photograph. It can add realism and character to your images.
Here’s some examples of Texture…enjoy:
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