Fungi in Focus – Photographic Workshop & Field Day

With their peculiar forms and amazing array of colours, fungi make intriguing photographic subjects. Photographing fungi requires both knowledge of basic macro photography techniques and an intimate understanding of these elusive subjects.

In this workshop participants will receive an overview of the major fungus ‘morphogroups’ and how to photograph them in different contexts to capture both their scientific and aesthetic nature. We will focus on the particular challenges of macro-photography such as high contrast, low light, colour issues and techniques for controlling depth of field, addressing both technical aspects of exposure management and creative aspects of composition. These techniques are also applicable to a great range of macro photography subjects.

Fungi are finally being recognised as a vital part of Australian biodiversity. Photographs are also an important part of the scientific survey of fungi. Images contribute to knowledge of the distribution and ecology of fungi. Requirements for taking appropriate images for scientific data repositories will also be discussed if of interest to participants. Following an indoor interactive theoretical session, the afternoon will be spent in the field searching for fungi and putting techniques into practice. Participants will be provided with supplementary printed notes.

Signed copies of Alison’s books, The Allure of Fungi  and Wild Mushrooming will be available for purchase.

The full autumn workshops and events listing can be viewed here.



VENUE: 59 Webb St, Narre Warren VIC, with a nearby
field trip.

TIME: 10am–4pm

COST: $70- or $50 for Berwick Viewfinders members)