So what is texture in relation to photography? Simple put… texture is the fine details of your photograph that make it appear 3-dimensional.
TEXTURE 101: 5 Things to Think About When Shooting Textures
1. Proper Lighting. Hard Light tends to make the textures appear sharp and razorlike where Soft Light tends to give your textures a more soft and weathered look.
2. Shoot in RAW. I know as photographers we always harp on shooting in RAW, but for textures you need the extra fine controls that a RAW can give. Stop shooting JPEG!
3. Overexposure. I tend to shoot my textures with a +1/3 EV and this helps you in bringing out the textures, while giving you extra control in your RAW file. It also helps you nail the contrast and tones.
4. Imperfections are Key. Look and focus on dents, paint peels and corrosion. Remember you are trying to make your photograph have dimension. A flat image with perfect surfaces does not make a great subject for photographing textures.
5. Color OVER Black and White. Yes, you can achieve some amazing textures in Black and White, but when comparing them to the exact same shot in Color more times than none the color image POPS! The bits of color help your eyes adjust to the layers of complications in your photo, as well as help with separation of your textures.