10 Tips for Shooting for Graphic Textures

10 Tips for Shooting for Graphic Textures


graphic-textures.jpgIn these economic times, photographers everywhere are diving into forms of photography previously left unexplored. Capturing images for use in marketing and graphic art is one of these unique areas. As more businesses turn to marketing and promotional companies for help to generate sales, there is an increased need for quality imagery.

Graphic artists are always looking for sharp, innovative textures from associate photographers. Texture images are very practically put to use in photo overlays, backgrounds, burning, and a wide variety of other uses. Many graphic artists are specific about the kind of imagery they will use in their art, and often feel that photographers lack perspective that will give quality edge to their imagery.

For advice on texture shots, we turn to an amazing graphic designer from Remnant Productions. This graphic arts studio is in high demand for their quality work – specifically by photographers. Their most recent work includes Dear World, a book combining graphic art and imagery from the street community of Portland, Oregon.

10 Tips for Shooting for Graphic Textures

Remnant Productions has ten tips for photographers to hone their texture skills:

1. Use side light: Side light will always bring out more significant texture than direct lighting.

2. Don’t get too fancy, but shoot with an angle. Remember that there is always a place for the seemingly unoriginal texture of dirt, but don’t be afraid to shoot that dirt from a variety of different angles and positions.

3. Remember that while the image is an essential piece of the work, it is not the only piece. Think about how well the image will blend with text, other images, and layout.

4. Shoot with the highest resolution possible. Graphic artists may take your image and magnify it to emphasize the texture in a piece. This is not possible if your image is low quality.

5. Shoot in unexpected places. Dumps and recycling facilities have a surprising amount of easy-to-spot textures. Metal, wood, plastics, rust – and all in a variety of conditions. These textures are invaluable to graphic artists.

6. Pay attention to color. Graphic artists pay special attention to color theory. As color communicates powerfully in design, be sure to do everything possible to unify the color schemes to your image, and make the color as vivid and vibrant as possible.

7. Look to the skies. A vivid blue sky or dark and stormy clouds always have a place in a graphic artists’ texture library. As these horizon images are often used as backgrounds, be sure to capture in a maximum resolution size.

8. Be a team player. If a graphic artist requests a shot, do whatever you can to understand exactly what he is looking for. Don’t complain if the shot you come back with doesn’t work. Always be willing to go back out and try again.

9. Specifically go for lack of detail. You don’t want a lot of variation in color or pattern. Keep it simple.

10. Shoot your textures in a series. Find a good patch of concrete? Get a series of that concrete in a variety of different places, angles, and position. Then you can offer it as a package.

For more ideas from Remnant Productions; favorite texture photographer, check out: LostandTaken.com

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Christina N Dickson is a visionary artist and philanthropist in Portland Oregon. Her work includes wedding photography www.BrideInspired.com and leadership with www.RevMediaBlog.com.

Some Older Comments

  • connect April 7, 2011 09:48 pm

    different angles when i'm shooting textures? OMG

  • poiniguedgemo January 20, 2010 05:32 am

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  • Ken Rea December 15, 2009 07:47 am

    Simple listen

  • Will November 8, 2009 10:53 pm

    I dont usually reply to posts but I will in this case. WOW!!!

  • Dylan October 18, 2009 04:40 pm

    Very nice template. I like the theme. You are a great designer.

  • Justin August 29, 2009 11:14 pm

    Great article, if textures are your thing head over to http://www.lovetextures.com you can download over 200 free high resolution textures.

  • Tony May 11, 2009 01:45 pm

    These are all great tips, but what do you mean in #10 about offering it as a package? Sorry if that is completely obvious, I'm a beginning photographer trying to absorb everything I can-

  • 2lip May 4, 2009 07:43 pm

    this is a really helpful collection of tips! Especially tip nr.2 can give surprising results. I have some more texture photography tips on my blog: take your textures to the next level

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey May 4, 2009 03:28 pm

    Great tips. I can never get textures right, will have to try this out.

  • scott webb May 2, 2009 10:32 am

    Great tips! Shooting textures makes you look at things in detail. You start to experience the world different and it really becomes a great feeling!

  • April May 2, 2009 10:15 am

    I swear, if I hear "in these economic times" or some variant (or "swine flu" or "H1N1") one more time...


  • Caleb Kimbrough May 2, 2009 09:00 am

    Some great advice here! I think the most important thing you mentioned is to avoid direct light (on-camera flashes specifically) which only serve to flatten any details of the texture you're shooting.

    Also, thanks for the link to Lost and Taken! I'm glad I can offer a little texture inspiration to everyone ;)

  • Ilan May 2, 2009 12:25 am

    This used to be my favorite type of photography. And I must agree - If you follow the tips in this article, the awesome result are promised.
    Lately, I've been trying to mix it up a bit. I'm looking for ways to add my love for good graphic textures and street photography.
    On one of my tries I have a huge graffiti (and I think that graffitis are missing from the tip list) and used it to take a photo of my girlfriend. Here is the result http://www.ilanbresler.com/2009/03/one.html