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Texture/ Still Life. Finding texture in a photo. Texture is tactile not visual Shiny metal is visual Driftwood is texture Definition Normally a relatively small scale surface characteristic that is associated with tactile quality. Lack of texture. Texture. Still Life.

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Texture still life

Texture/Still Life


Finding texture in a photo
Finding texture in a photo

  • Texture is tactile not visual

  • Shiny metal is visual

  • Driftwood is texture

  • Definition

    • Normally a relatively small scale surface characteristic that is associated with tactile quality.




Still life
Still Life

  • Pose an object(s) that has a tactile quality.

  • Side lighting will help illuminate the texture, but

    • Heavy texture, posed, will have the same effect.


What is still life
What is still life?

  • Typically we think of still life as indoor and posed.

    • Flowers, bowl of fruit, tea kettle, sea shells on a table.

  • For our purposes we will not shoot indoors because we would need flash.

  • The following examples are indoors and have extraordinary lighting.



Our still life
Our Still Life

  • First, the subject is outdoors.

  • The subject(s) is (are) posed.

    • At least it is still permanently” posed

  • Directional lighting from the side to create shadows to the left or right.

  • Examples follow…





One can almost feel the braids on the rope.

However, the DOF is too shallow. Shoot at f/11 or f/16!


How is texture created
How is texture created?

  • What type of light would create the most texture?

    • Directional lighting

    • From a low angle. Early morning or late afternoon.

    • Look at the available shadows.

      • Sharp edge is direct

      • Soft edged is diffused




More on light
More on light overhead

  • Direct or directional light creates HIGH CONTRAST (lots of black and white tones) shadows and highlights.

  • Diffused or soft light produces LOW CONTRAST (gray tones) shadows and highlights.

  • Observe the kind of shadows on your subject. Try to find subjects with lots of different tones. Remember not to shoot directly into your light source.



“Loop” lighting overhead

From the side.

Face is 3D.











Step by step
Step by step texture.

  • Locate an interesting subject. Photograph the subject from different angles.

  • Photograph more than one subject.

  • All exposures for this ( and most others) must be outdoors.

  • No flash.

  • Fill the frame with your texture(s).

  • Don’t use smooth surfaces for this assignment.


Other help
Other help texture.

  • Don’t stand back from your subject. A tree in the distance has no texture.

  • Don’t use dirt (sand dunes are different) or tree bark


Be careful of back focus and missing your subject. texture.

Double check your focus, then check it again.

Bracket each photo. Correct; one faster; one slower


Grading 2 different negatives
Grading-2 different negatives texture.

  • Uniqueness of the subject. Would you put this on your wall?

  • Effective lighting to create texture.

  • Overall image quality .

  • Is the image sharp?

  • Image must be “spotted”. We’ll get that training next week.

  • Two final images and contact sheet, all 8x10.

  • EXTRA CREDIT: Turn in a third 8x10

  • Contrast be used with allfinal prints.


Sample texture
Sample Texture texture.






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