Tip of the Day: Capture Mushrooms, Toadstools, and Fungi

The trickiest part about exploring this new subject is locating them in their natural habitat, which unfortunately, is not the produce isle of the supermarket. You can find mushrooms in the opposite of places where you would find flowers. They live in dark, damp areas, below trees, and in undergrowth of forests. The best season to find them is usually the fall when temperatures are cooler.

Although they may not be as ascetically pleasing as flowers, fungi have a beauty all their own.

The trickiest part about exploring this new subject is locating them in their natural habitat, which unfortunately, is not the produce isle of the supermarket. You can find mushrooms in the opposite of places where you would find flowers. They live in dark, damp areas, below trees, and in undergrowth of forests. The best season to find them is usually the fall when temperatures are cooler.

Mushrooms also require a little cleaning once you first encounter them. Usually, they are covered in dirt. Maybe try taking a before and after the cleaning because dirt definitely has a unique texture that you may favor.

In order to get unique angles of mushrooms, you’ll need to get a little dirty. While shooting the tops of mushrooms is easy, what’s underneath is really what is of interest. Getting shots with an upward perspective adds a sense of height to the mushrooms. Switch to macro mode too in order to capture all the tiny details.

Using fill flash is key when you are shooting the underbelly of the mushroom because you’ll want to see all the patterns and texture that’s there, but the rest of the frame will be well lit. Don’t be afraid to experiment with fill flash; you’ll need to in order to find the right balance.

Since you’ll be spending most of this photo shoot on the ground, a tripod may not get low enough. If yours adjusts to the level that you need, then use it. If not, try using a small (and cheap) bean bag stabilizer.

Finally, be sure to use a very shallow depth of field to keep the focus totally on the mushrooms. Blurring the background in these close ups is key.
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