A great photo draws viewers in immediately, and one of the best ways to accomplish this is to focus on texture. Whether you’re trying to bring out someone’s eyes in a headshot or capture a clear day at your favorite historical site, these quick tips will help you add more texture to the photos you upload into Your Art Gallery.

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1 – Asymmetry Can Be Beautiful – Focus on patterns more than symmetry, and on character more than flaws. Some of the most stunning textured photos are of old buildings that are a little worse for wear. Color and line variations can make for great focal points.

2 – Keep Your Distance – Don’t get too tricky with your zoom lens, or you’ll lose your focus – literally. This especially applies when you’re taking photos of architecture and surfaces. Oftentimes, it’s better to zoom in during editing rather than while you’re shooting.

3 – Always Retouch After You Blend – Throwing a layer on top of a photo in Photoshop can have less-than-optimal results. Don’t give up there. Retouch the image to achieve the texture you’re looking for. One way to do this is to use a white layer mask and a black brush. You can zoom in and paint over the areas that aren’t quite up to par.

4 – Experiment with Abstraction – Giving abstract macro photography a shot is a great way to hone in on your ability to spot textural opportunities. Allow yourself the freedom to represent your subjects in a nonlinear fashion. In order to do this properly, invest in a good macro lens, or a 50mm or 85mm lens, at the very least.

5 – Use Side Lighting – Whether it’s natural or studio produced, side lighting will lend itself to making your subjects appear more three dimensional in your photos.

Texture can be a noticeable element in virtually every type of photo you take. Be mindful of texture, and your attention to detail will pay off beautifully for your images.