Textures and Patterns

Select 2 tasks from the tasks below:

Task 1: Fallen Leaves Texture Hunt

  1. Objective: Capture the unique textures of different types of fallen leaves.
  2. Instructions:
    • Find a location with a variety of fallen leaves.
    • Use side lighting to emphasize the texture.
    • Experiment with different angles and focal lengths.
  3. Deliverable: At least 3 photos of different leaf textures.

Task 2: The World of Tree Barks

  1. Objective: Focus on the intricate patterns and textures of tree barks.
  2. Instructions:
    • Locate trees with different types of barks.
    • Get up close and fill the frame with the bark.
    • Use a small aperture (F-stop) to keep the texture in focus.
  3. Deliverable: 2-4 photos showcasing different tree bark textures.

Task 3: Pumpkin Patch Extravaganza

  1. Objective: Capture the textures of pumpkins.
  2. Instructions:
    • Visit a pumpkin patch or a store selling pumpkins.
    • Focus on the bumps, lines, and unique features of the pumpkin surface.
    • Experiment with lighting to bring out the texture.
  3. Deliverable: 2-3 photos of pumpkin textures.

Task 4: Create Your Own Texture or Pattern

  1. Objective: Create a texture or pattern using everyday objects.
  2. Instructions:
    • Gather objects like coins, pencils, or buttons.
    • Arrange them in a repetitive pattern.
    • Capture the arrangement from different angles.
  3. Deliverable: 1-2 photos of your created texture or pattern.

Task 5: Texture and Pattern Mash-up

  1. Objective: Combine both texture and pattern in a single shot.
  2. Instructions:
    • Find a scene where you can capture both a texture and a pattern.
    • Think creatively—perhaps the pattern of a cobblestone street with the texture of a puddle reflecting the sky.
    • Use composition techniques like the Rule of Thirds to balance the elements.
  3. Deliverable: 1 photo that successfully combines both a texture and a pattern.

Bonus: Edit and Enhance

  1. Objective: Use post-processing to enhance the textures and patterns in your photos.
  2. Instructions:
    • Choose one photo from each task you choose.
    • Use editing software to enhance contrast, sharpness, and color.
  3. Deliverable: Before and after versions of your chosen photos.


Lighting to Photograph Textures

Side Lighting in Photography: a Comprehensive Guide

Patterns in Photograph

Use symmetry and leading lines