Great locations for taking texture photographs

Great locations for taking texture photographs

Today, I would like to share a few locations, which I think are great for texture photography.

Natural textures

forest in Scotland
Picture taken by g.naharro

From personal experience, the most productive photography sessions I had so far, took place in the forest. Most of the times, you have a great variety of bark due to the diversity of the trees. Next to that, if you are in a humid area, there is a great chance of finding lots of moss and fern. Depending on where you are, you might find plenty of rocks and stones, too. And don’t forget the surface you are walking on – the ground itself can be used for some pretty textures, especially in combination with tree roots. Just try it!

Artificial textures

Hamburg harbor
Picture taken by mikk

The kinds of textures that are harder to find compared to natural ones, are rust, metal or plastic. In order to find these, you should try to locate industrialized areas, preferably abandoned ones, because then you probably don’t have to deal with closed gates and it should be easier to get inside the buildings as well. I haven’t been near one lately, but I guess a big harbor, like the one in Hamburg depicted above, can be a great place for shooting textures as well. Containers, ships and cranes, all of them provide a huge variety of metal and rust surfaces.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, feel free to post them in the comments.

In the near future, I will write a dedicated post about Urban textures, so stay tuned.

I hope that I could give you some nice ideas and that this article proves to be helpful when you are looking for great locations for texture photographs.

5 comments

  1. What about an old lumber mill there might be some good things there with rust or metal on them another idea is you could leave a piece of steel outside for awhile until it starts to rust and that way you could get different stages of rust on metal as the time goes on.

  2. that is a really good idea! I think, I will try out your last suggestion and document the diffent stages of the corrosion.

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