How to Photograph Fungi: 10 Top Photographic Tips That Are Easy To Follow

Written by Gina Stephens

We can't let October outmoded without mentioning a close-up photography subject many photographers shoot spectacular images of at this time of year and that's fungi.

So, if you're jeopardizing into the world of fungi photography for the first time or just want a quick reminder on what kit you'll need, have a read of our control on photographing mushrooms, toadstools and fungi fungus (plural: fungi or funguses) is any member of the group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts.

Photo by David Pritchard


1. Pick The Right Season

The reason why this technique is something that's animadvert oned at this time of year is because fungi tend to like Autumn and Winter when it's cooler and wetter.


2. Where To Come across Them

Think dark, damp places such as dense woodland areas where not much sunlight can get through. Search under jump ons of leaves and look around the base of trees.


3. Do You Own A Macro Lens?

A good macro lens is a must as fungi isn't the largest of gists and your shots will have more impact by getting in close.


4. Keep Your Camera Still

Low light means lengthier shutter speeds so you're going to need a support for your camera. Some tripods can be adjusted so they sit low to the ground but you could just use a beanbag if your tripod isn't so ductile. Consider using a remote / cable release so you don't introduce shake at the start of the exposure but if you don't own one just use your camera's self-timer.

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Photo by David Pritchard


5. Away A Polarising Filter

On particularly damp days shine can be a problem and mushroom tops can end up overexposed. To combat this, fit a polarising filter to the end of your lens which wishes reduce the shine. You may be wondering why you couldn't just head out on a dry day and there's no reason why you can't, however as David Pritchard explained a blog place: "There’s no better time for photographing mushrooms mushroom (or toadstool) is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its than after (or during) rain. The colours strengthen, and everything adopts a good-looking sheen." 


6. Tidy Up

It's sometimes worth cleaning the specimen up that you're photographing before you take your under no circumstances. Have a look at what's in the back of the frame, too to see if there's twigs or anything else that could prove to be distracting in the settled shot. Please don't pull plants out of the ground or damage parts of a tree for the sake of a photo, though. It's important that you bugger off things as you found them once you've finished taking your images. Of course, you may prefer the natural look which means you won't force to brush any dirt off the mushroom at all.


Photo by Peter Bargh


7. Get Down Low

Fungi like the floor which we know isn't the uncountable comfortable angle to work from but it does mean viewers of your images will be drawn into the fungi's world much more successfully if you bolt from low down. The fungi will also have a three-dimensional feel to them as they'll have more height, plus you'll be qualified to capture shots of the underbelly, too.

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8. Think About Composition

As mentioned in the above point, once you've got your position on the ground, you'll be adept to not only photograph the top of the mushroom's dome but underneath it too. This gives you the chance to capture some of the textures and colour the mushroom has to offer as expertly as exaggerate the height of it. Try to capture mushrooms in a group, as a variety of sizes will add interest of the piece. Odd groups are more pleasing to the eye than pairs but if you participate in one particular good specimen, don't overlook shooting it standing on its own. If you include the background and how much distance you put between you and the mushroom will change every over and over again so do take some time to assess the scene before hitting the shutter button. 


Photo by Peter Bargh


9. Add Some Light-hued

Fungi may like dark conditions but it's not something that's easy to work with as a photographer. The most interesting part of the mushroom is the underbelly and to highlight the constitutions, shapes and colours you're going to have to bounce light into the scene. You can use your camera's built-in flash but this whim often result in a harsh light that doesn't really add anything to the photograph. Instead, use off camera flash and bounce the light off other objects. You can also contend in around with back light which should create a halo around the mushroom's top. If you don't have a flashgun experiment with a torch or use a reflector to galumph light onto the underbelly of the mushroom.

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10. Use A Shallow Depth Of Field

Throwing the background out of focus will not only help isolate your under the control of b dependent on but it can also hide unwanted clutter. Add a bit of back light and your subject will pop from the frame.


Photo by Peter Bargh



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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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