An image in which texture predominates can be just as creative as one that features the subject’s overall shape or pattern. When it’s emphasized, texture can give your subjects depth and a sense of three-dimensionality.
Textures often come alive when light rakes across the surface at a sharp angle, or - as in this close-up photography example - by using backlighting from the sun to emphasize the lines and texture of a leaf. Using the sun or flash to backlight semi-translucent objects like petals or leaves infuses them with a special glow, emphasizing texture and shape. As with patterns, the textures that often work best offer some visual variety and seem to extend beyond the frame of the picture.
I photographed this close up photo of a palm leaf at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino, California. with my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi. To get this creative blur, I used the Lensbaby 0.42X Super Wide Angle lens, which has close-up capability and converts the 50mm Lensbaby into a 21mm angle of view.
Editor's notes: Lynne Eodice teaches a terrific online photo workshop - Learning to Shoot Inspiring Images. BetterPhoto's digital photography school also offers many other classes on photography online .