This tutorial was originally published on Instagram Stories. You can find it in its original format as a highlight on the Watch Studies Instagram profile.
Great photos transport the viewer to the moment being depicted. By using visual cues to activate the senses, photographers strive to recreate the sounds, smells, and feelings that make an otherwise flat image come to life.
In the digital age, most of the products we know and love are experienced through screens far more often than they are physically held. The weight of an object in your hand and the way its edges feel against your fingertips are all seemingly lost on paper. And yet, with the right photography, all these tactile experiences can almost feel just as real.
This is why I love playing with texture in photography. So much can be communicated by seeing the nuance of every grain, fiber, and shine. Grit – what I would characterize as rough, sharp, and sometimes dirty textures – feels especially tangible when it can be accented in the right way.
Today's tutorial talks about just that. Accenting textures elegantly to give you photos some grit. All in the spirit of transporting the viewer to the very same beautifully messy moment being depicted. Enjoy!
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