pattern and texture photography

How to Use Pattern and Texture Composition in Photography

Composition plays a vital role in creating visually appealing photographs. We have explained how to use Rule of Thirds Composition, Centred Composition, Leading Lines and Fill the Frame Composition in our earlier blogs, now let us walk you through Pattern and Texture Composition!

Pattern Composition in Photography

While photographing a scene, look for patterns. The human eye is attracted to patterns as they represent harmony. You can find impressive patterns in a piece of architecture, in a painting, on a flower or anywhere in your natural surroundings.

Pattern composition

Above is an example of Pattern Composition. This photograph is of ‘Telescopus’ – a 3D sculpture by Dominic Johns, on the Cairns Esplanade in Australia. It depicts Mangrove Mud Whelk (large snails). The pattern and the repeated colours on the sculpture makes it an eye-catching image.

Texture Composition in Photography

While pattern is a visual element, texture can be felt as well – as it has some level of dimension to it. You can find interesting textures while photographing a cobbled street, a roof, a tile, a wall or cracked mud.

Texture composition

Above is an example of Texture Composition. This photograph is of Jenolan Caves in Australia. The texture of the cave walls and the coloured flowstones instantly draws the attention of the viewer and compels him/her to admire its beauty.

Tip: Zoom in your lens or move closer to the subject to capture complete details of its pattern and texture.

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pattern and texture composition

Also, try using more than one composition techniques in a single photograph to create striking images.