Mushrooms are great subjects in photography. They come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. Some of us do not have interest in capturing fungi because they are not easy to find or because it may require getting down on the ground. You can easily find mushrooms after a rainy period. Why not try it? To start with, learn how to improve your mushroom photography skills by reading this article.
As soon as you have found a good-looking fungus to photograph, be it the fruiting body of a puffball mushroom, a stinkhorn mushroom, a death cap mushroom or whatever, you need to figure out the best way to photograph it. The good thing about photographing fungi is that they are static objects, so you have lots of time to shoot them. Look at the surrounding light and the size and shape of the fruiting body. If the amount of light is an issue, that will mean mounting your camera on a tripod or beanbag. Then, the actual exposure time won’t matter much.
Other experts recommend getting down low in the ground so will see the colors, shapes, and textures below the mushroom’s belly. This technique also create height and 3D effect. Getting dirty can result to amazing photos! Additionally, use a large Aperture to create a shallow depth of field, which will isolate your subject from the background.
Another photography technique for taking pictures of mushrooms is to make sure that you are using the proper lighting and exposure.
Fungi are usually best lit with natural light. The caps of many mushrooms can be quite reflective, and have an unnatural look when photographed with flash. Of course, this does depend partly on the size of the mushroom. For smaller subjects with a diffused flash, there may not be any problem. Because fungi are usually found in shaded areas, the shutter speed needed for a good exposure can be very low. A tripod or some other form of support, such as beanbag is pretty much essential. Use a remote shutter release or your camera’s self timer to avoid camera shake when pressing the shutter button.
Watch the video below to learn more tips in shooting fungi.