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- Lenses: zoom lens are useful for selective cropping while a macro lens will get you close to the patterns you're capturing. Pick up a telephoto lens when you want a tighter perspective.
- Tripod – Handy for when you're using a telephoto lens and will also help ensure your shot's straight. Have a look at Vanguard's Alta+ 204AP. It's lightweight making it the perfect tool for a walk around town with.
Subjects that have a pattern that repeats such as a brick wall or the lines found in wooden planks and doors look great but don't think they all have to be symmetrical.
Mix it up
Having a variety of colours and lines can work well especially if you have two contrasting objects to work with. Try to find somewhere new buildings meet old and see if any of the strong metal structures overlap or cross the older, softer structures. Head out after it's rained too as surfaces take on a different feel/look when they're damp and covered in water drops.
Don't zoom in too much as often a shot that's taken with a little more distance between you and the subject will look better and that way there's always the option to crop the photo when you're in front of your computer back home.
If there's a distracting object, shadow or mark in the frame either move your feet to find a different angle or use your zoom to cut out of the frame. Try shooting straight on to make your texture as flat as possible before moving on to experiment with different angles as these types of shots are often great for adding to other images and the flatter the surface is the easier it is to use.
To emphasis the shapes/textures position yourself so your light is on one side. This will create a strong shadow and give your shot extra depth.
If you're working on a new building watch out for glare and reflections which can easily be removed by simply moving your feet a little.
Your shot needs to be free from shake and completely in focus so your tripod, a remote release or the camera's self-timer are tools you don't want to be without. Pay attention to your white balance too as you may find the cloudy or shade options produce better results.
Where to look for textures:
- Wooden doors
- Modern, metal structures
- Roof tiles