Before you dive straight into close up texture photography, set yourself up for success by gathering the right photography gear. In theory, textures can be photographed with any camera, but you’ll have the most success using a camera that can be adjusted manually, such as a mirrorless or DSLR camera. Ideally, you want to be able to choose the best aperture and shutter speed combination to capture your texture accurately.
In terms of lenses, your required focal length will vary depending on your subject matter. In general, however, ultra wide angle camera lenses are to be avoided, as they may cause image distortion. Instead, we recommend a 50mm prime lens, which typically yields sharp photos with minimal distortion, and has the added bonus of being very affordable.