It's Week #43:Texture!

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Week 43: Texture

Photo by: Kerensa Mcconnell –  Week 39: Abstract (2017)

Texture is often used in photography to make photos look more alive and less flat and two-dimensional. Though texture is usually associated with touch and cannot literally be used in photos, the right lighting can make you feel as though you can touch the image.

Texture is also one of the six classic design elements, together with line, shape, form, color, and space. Paying attention to these classic elements will definitely help you improve your photography.

We often use texture in our photography but are not even aware of it. So this week the challenge is to go out and purposely seek out textures, pay serious attention to the light, decide on the best way to photograph the texture and then help create a gorgeous three-dimensional album!

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Before you even touch (!) your camera, close your eyes and literally feel the subject with your fingers. Is it a soft feather, rough tree bark or a chunky sweater? Look for various types of textures and think about how you’d want to photograph it and what you want your viewers to experience.
  • The light is ALWAYS important but even more so in texture photography. Rough surfaces are best shot in strong, harsh light and smooth soft surfaces with soft ambient light. Light coming from the side will create shadows and increase the depth of the textures.
  • Use a high aperture number when you want everything to be in focus. This means your shutter speed is going to be slower, so employ the power of the tripod to prevent blur.
  • Learn about the three types of texture photography: detail, information, and drama.
  • Read more about texture photography here and here and have a look at 40 amazing photographic textures.
  • Adding textures to your photos is a popular post-processing technique and here and here are a few tutorials.


Looking for more inspiration? We never had this challenge before but you will find some ideas in the Abstract albums of 2017 and 2016 and the Macro albums of 2016 and 2015And of course, the Googles! Oh, you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: Macro

For some extra photographic joo-joo shoot a textured macro photo! If the texture is very small in size, a macro lens might be necessary to bring out the detail.

Photo credit: Radhika Zaveri – Week 17: Macro (2015)
Remember, it is not necessary to keep this
Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting.
It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per
week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include
the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the
“regular” challenge, but you can never submit
more than one photo!

Photo credit: Radhika Zaveri – Week 17: Macro (2015)

Past Challenges 2016

Past Challenges - 2015