Photographs are by definition flat and two dimensional, but with clever use of texture, capturing the play of light and shadow on the surface of an object, they can become alive and almost three dimensional.

Texture is very dependent on the direction of the light present, for example, an object can look very different depending on the time of day it is captured, textures on horizontal surfaces are accentuated in the early mornings or evenings, the low sun casting long, dark shadows, whereas the same sun causes vertical surfaces such as walls and trees to appear flat and lifeless. Conversely a midday sun accentuates the textures on vertical surfaces and flattens them on horizontal surfaces.

With clever use of texture there’s no easier way  to create an emotion filled composition.

Some examples illustrating the technique

Tips for when on location

  • Texture is the interaction of light and shadow on the surface of an object.
  • Look for the position and direction of any available light sources
  • Texture adds an extra dimension to your images
  • Texture also adds drama and emotion

© Andrew James Kirkwood – 2017

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