TheAspenStand: 5 Photo Textures and Ideas How To Use Yours

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5 Photo Textures and Ideas How To Use Yours

I am a big fan of close-up photos and often take close ups of textures. I'll take them with whatever I'm carrying be it my DSLR or phone camera. 

So how do we describe texture. The Free American Dictionary's second definition offers "The distinctive physical composition or structure of something, especially with respect to the size, shape, and arrangement of its parts."

Wikipedia offers it as "Surface finish, also known as surface texture or surface topography, is the nature of a surface as defined by the 3 characteristics of laysurface roughness, and waviness. It comprises the small local deviations of a surface from the perfectly flat ideal (a true plane)."

Here are some recent textures that I shot in a variety of locations. The first one was debri with a mixture of concrete and red brick I saw near a shoreline.  I really like this for the contrast not only in the texture but in the color. 

I use Canva to make many quote posts for social media and that is how I used this textured background.  

I took this photograph with my DSLR during an Alaska vacation. I have a lot of lichen photos from my surroundings in northern Arizona and loved the contrast in texture and color on this one.

I love to try something different in photo post processing. If you haven't yet, play around with layering on photographs. I used the above texture as a reduced transparency layer over this flower photograph to give it a unique texture.

Unfortunately, I don't remember where I took this photograph but since it's pine bark, I'm guessing it is from the surroundings of a hike in northern Arizona. 

I used the pine bark with an additional color layer to get the texture on this photograph of a bouquet where I focused on the purple statice. I did a lot of changing transparency levels and testing color layers to achieve this result. 

This photograph was taken of stone along a walkway at Yellowstone National park. I took quite a few in different sections giving me a variety of designs.

Sometimes I think a texture might go well with a particular quote. In this case, I felt the quote about cold was so appropriate for a cold feeling gray stone. So I added the quote to his particular photograph of the many I actually shot in Yellowstone. 

I remind you to observe your surroundings with enthusiasm and awe like a child. I was reading a plaque in Fort Lauderdale when I looked closer at the solid rectangular concrete support and noticed it was mixed with sea shells. This made for some great shots. This is just one of many I photographed.

Just like the previous use of the texture as a quote background, I went into Canva and added a simple text quote, reduced the transparency of the photograph and saved it for use on my TsuFacebook business page, Twitter and Google+

Once you start thinking about it, you'll begin to find textures you may not have noticed all around you. Go out and have fun, shoot, check them out later and play with them in your choice of photo editing software.

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  1. Great idea. I should do more of that. Thanks, Patricia!

  2. Thank you so much Bridget for stopping by to check out the post and to comment. I know you would do very well with these ideas.

  3. Hi Patricia,
    I love textures, too, and taking photos of tree bark, close ups of rocks, etc. It's good to know there are others out there!
    What you've done with the layering is fab, too. :D

    1. Thank so much Carol. Yes, people look at me like I'm crazy when I get those kinds of shots. I smile because I know what I'll be using them for. For some reason this ended up in my spam folder. So sorry it too so long to reply.

  4. Great work with texture as well as with your design overlays!

    1. Thank you so much Ruth for stopping by to leave a comment. I enjoy playing with ideas and have had fun finding different textures.

  5. I love the photos you used for your textured backgrounds. They are fabulous! One of these days I will learn to tile some so I can use smaller images and get a consistent looking texture background for the blog and printing out.


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