Over the Easter break I have been out and about looking for texture, pattern and symmetry and trying to learn how to use Lightroom and save pictures to a smaller size so they can fit on this blog. I have much to learn.
I have taken pictures with my Fuji X-T20, my iPhone6 and my point and shoot Cannon IXUS 180. I only took the Cannon point and shoot and my phone away with me to Italy and found after using the Fuji it was very difficult to take the shots I wanted to take – a camera snob already! – and the close ups are very grainy.
A few of the photographs below have been cropped or enhanced using Lightroom tools.
Texture photography is one way of drawing the viewer’s attention into the image. Photographs that use this technique create impact by showing different textures.
Kinds of Texture Photography
There are three major categories under this type of photography. 1. Detail presents the aspects seen on the surface of the material. Identifying the object is less significant. 2. Drama, the texture is not the most important, but one of the components of the image. It is the relationship between the textures which is important. 3. Information used to help understand what the image is.
Composing Texture Photographs
Contrast, curves and patterns are aspects of texture photographs which can help compose an image. Contrast, whether tonal or colour, makes the texture detail show up even more. Curves help convey a sense of movement with leading curves directing the attention towards the focal point. Non-leading curves have no specific direction but still give information about the image. Patterns can help catch the viewer’s attention. Combining multiple patterns can support each other. Another method is by breaking the pattern for an interesting effect.
Patterns – repeated shapes, objects or colours ordered in precise formations or just random designs. Patterns create images that are very pleasing to the eye and add a new dimension to photos – used effectively they create a dynamic image and focus the eye to the main subject or focal point.
Two ways to look at patterns – a bird’s eye view and getting in closer. Fill the whole frame so that the pattern extends form edge to edge.
Techniques to use 1. Regular patterns. 2. Irregular patterns, 3. Multiple patterns, grouping different patterns in an image. 4. Breaking the pattern
Symmetry in photography creates a powerful visual impact which is appealing and intriguing and not just about mirror images.
Symmetry is aesthetically pleasing because of the balance and sense of harmony it provides in an image.
Vertical or horizontal lines of symmetry.
Vertical line of symmetry, for example, trees, doors, paths, architecture. Horizontal line of symmetry, for example, reflections or building structures
Composition is key in symmetrical images. In a scene that has symmetrical balance, keep the line of symmetry centered within the composition for both horizontal and vertical lines of symmetry.
Holiday and accidental shots – not on task
Photos of Italy and a swan which just took off while I was photographing leaves.