What Is The Secret To Picking A Texture For My Photo?

 

Oh yes… 

We all want to know what the secret is to make it easier to pick textures for our photos… 

so I’m going to tell you…

There is no secret.

It is all about practice. Trying lots of textures on lots of photos until you find the ones you like that give you the looks you love. 

I know that isn’t the answer you wanted.

Heck – it isn’t the answer I wanted to give you.

 

I’d love nothing more than to tell you there is a quick and easy secret to picking the perfect texture for every photo every time. But the truth is – I still – to this day – try many, many textures on every single photo I make looking for the one that thrills me to my toes. 

I know that you are thinking that since I make textures – it must be easy for me to look at a photo and instantly know what texture would work… but… ummmm…no. It doesn’t really work that way. I have to try them all out just like you do to see what they look like, how they will react to my photo, and decide what I like and don’t like and then try again.

One thing that might make it easier for me on some photos I post – is that since I make textures – I’m using photos as samples for the collections. So I can pick a random photo and make it work for a collection because I don’t have any particular vision in my mind other than to give you an idea of what that collection might produce.

You, on the other hand, are trying to create your own personal art and that is a bit harder. You are trying to create a certain aesthetic that defines you and your art. And that in itself will make the process a bit more challenging and there isn’t any easy way to get there other than to try out lots and lots of textures to find the looks you love.

So, stop looking for the “secret”… there is no shortcut to just getting in there and testing them all out… on every single photo if you have to, till you can narrow down what you love and what thrills you to the bottom of your toes.

12 Comments

  1. D. Downeu

    Thank you! I thought after belonging the 2LO Club for as long as I have that surely I should have a better way to figure out what texture to use but nope it’s the old “why I think I’ll try this one, no this one, no…awe that one looks like I what I was wanting every time. LOL

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  2. Mindy

    I look at the negative space and try to find one that has texture or color in that area. I love to add purple or pink color to skies or add a texture with a frame look to flower photos. Rotate your textures, mask them, or even apply a filter like Gaussian blur to get a look you love!

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    • Denise Love

      Great way to figure out what works for you! Just takes time to get those little techniques nailed down for yourself! 🙂

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  3. Wendy

    I tend to do the same as Mindy! Got this tip from a book by a well-known photographer whose work I also admire. But did I mention that I never finished reading the book?
    I’m more a visual learner and find I lose interest in long books. Love the videos on 2 Lil Owls and learn way more by video teaching and soooo appreciate this site and the fact it offers such.

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    • Denise Love

      Thank you! So glad I have some good stuff for you! 🙂

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  4. Wendy

    Denise “some good stuff” – more like a “ton of good stuff” girl!

    You have been the most inspirational teacher in my photography journey to date.

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    • Denise Love

      Thank you!! I am humbled and so very glad 🙂

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  5. Kay Geraghty

    Do you use real or fake(?) flowers? Wonderful work

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    • Denise Love

      I use real flowers since I do so much macro work. Fake flowers are ok for larger scenes – but if you are shooting close up you can see the texture and plastic details.

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  6. Laurel J Doughty

    Do you have a tutorial on how to get the texture downloads into Lightroom/Photoshop?

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    • Denise Love

      You cannot use textures in Lightroom. You can watch the mini-workshop I have on using textures under the video tab. Just up top.

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