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Wall Textures

Like everything else in photography, wall textures can be an asset or a hindrance. There are many reasons why a photographer would select a wall, but one of the main reasons is color. If the wall’s color is what you want, then the wall texture can be distracting. Many of the walls I encounter are made with a fake adobe material with a bumpy texture. Posing someone on the wall with this texture will cause your viewer’s attention to be divided between your subject and the wall’s texture.

To avoid texture distractions in your photographs but still use the wall, position your subjects at least five feet from the textured wall. Use the largest aperture your lens can handle. I usually use my 70–200mm f/2.8 for these situations, shooting at f/2.8 if only one person is in the shot and f/3.5 if there are two people. This gives me more focal plane cushion to keep both subjects in focus. Shooting with a large aperture or wide open will throw the wall completely out of focus, leaving only its color behind.


  

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