Photographing Textures


Q. - Could you please tell me how many megapixel my digital camera should be for taking large, high-quality photographs of textures?

Q. - What do I need to know or what should I look for or avoid when buying a camera for taking pictures of textures?

Q. - I am on a budget so are there reasonably priced cameras that will take good photos? Your recommendations would be appreciated



A) -As a general rule of thumb you would like textures to be at least twice your rendering resolution. So if your rendering at PAL resolution, you want the textures to be around twice 720x576 so around 1440x1152 should be okay… Of course it depends on how close you get to the Camera and other variables as well

If your doing HD stuff, something like 4K maps would be preferred… (4096x4096)
So you would be looking for something with a large MP factor if you can afford it…
For example 8MP Camera have around 3456 pixels wide by 2304 pixels high.
But if your budget could afford a 10-12MP Camera, than it cannot hurt…

B) - Look for manual controls, (Focus/Zoom,Exposure, etc) Look for image quality, and ergonmoics… You will want RAW support, perhaps bracketed exposure.

C) - I like Panasonic P&S Digital Camera’s they have a little noise, but they take sharp good quality images (Leica Lens), and it does me very well for textures. There are various models… Panasonic FZ50 is a 10MP camera with RAW, and decent zoom lens.

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Check out the models in your price range, and perhaps report back. Without a specific budget in mind it’s hard for me to reccomend something.


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I would suggest going with a DSLR (10+mp) so you can get a decent interchangeable lens or two. You want to keep your texture images as flat as possible with as little peripheral distortion and darkening. Don’t use wide-angle lenses or wide zoom settings for textures. Use a medium to long focal length telephoto lens. I use a 105mm Micro Nikkor. Since this lens is a true macro, I can get as close as 1:1 to get some interesting textures from small areas.


Thank you both for your help. :slight_smile:


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