How to Create Textures in Photography

How to Create Textures in Photography

How to Create Textures in Photography


The use of light to create the texture of your photographs

When you think of ways to get someone’s attention in your photos, we first cross the color while you see another key element – texture. The way photographers take ordinary materials, infusion of life and immense detail by controlling the light around them.

By working with two main inputs in terms of lighting, you can learn to control the shadows and create an incredible texture in the picture.

1. The angle of light affects the subject

The angle of the light source creates shadows that make the texture become quieter or more intense. Let’s talk about the efficiency of front and side lighting and how it can be used to increase or decrease the light texture of your images.

Tips for photographic lighting before
front light
Lighting applies before the appearance of the texture, as it creates little or no visible shadows. Light attacks all surfaces of the object in the same manner and spread evenly by creating a two-dimensional or “flat” feeling in the image. Think midday or deck lighting. Light attacks all surfaces with the same light and “fills” any irregularities in the subject.

Pro Tip: If you want less texture, move your light source towards the front of your subject.

Photographic Tips Side Lighting
Side lighting
Light Reflections Photographic Tips
Light and reflections
When light hits the side of your object, a shadow is created on the other side. This is what creates the texture of an image.

As your lighting approaches 90 degrees for the subject, created shadows will be stronger and more dramatic.

In some cases, you may not want dramatic shadows produced using pure 90 degree light.

An alternative would be to reduce the angle to smooth textures and shadows. Start with 45 degrees and adjust if necessary.

Pro Tip: Do you want your texture to really look like? Try to direct the light source so that it hits the subject at an angle.


The angles below will help you navigate where you need to place a light source to more or less texture:

0 degrees = no texture
45 degrees = some texture
90 degrees = lots of texture
2. The quality of the light source

Whether you use a flash mounted camera, remote-triggered flash camera, direct light or softbox, you can often change the quality of your light. Severe to light bare light bulbs or direct strobe lights, will create much harder shadows and, therefore, more accurate contrast.

Attributes of the light source

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Attributes of the light source

Soft lighting, such as light boxes, softens the shadows and mute the contrast.

Tips for photographic lighting

You have some control of the qualities of light if you can change the position of the light source and the subject. Moving closer subject will make lighting more and more pronounced while outside will give you a softer and more diffuse quality.

To correct imperfections in post-production

By controlling the direction and quality of your light sources in relation to the subject, you can create almost any desired texture in the image. One thing to keep in mind is that intense shooting light can introduce more blemishes or flaws, so do not be afraid to modify and perfect your image after shooting with your favorite photo editor such as Corel PaintShop Pro.

Creating texture in your photographs can be kindly rewarding. However, mastering the art of “seeing” the quality and direction of light than other skills and practice needs. The best way to improve is to get out and shoot. Learn, experiment and do not forget to enjoy the process!

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