The 24th & 25th of October past saw our very first Fungi Photography course facilitated by DGPix - this was an impromptu course, requested by the participants of the Insect Macro course in the summer. They asked, and they received!!
We started out as always, reminding ourselves of our techniques for macro, flash, composition, etc with a few demo shots indoors. Then it was straight out on the reserve to find some fungus and put the techniques into practice. Most of the attendees had been on the macro course, so were pretty clued in to the flash, and DOF techniques required to capture close up textures of mushrooms and fungi - they were straight into it:
We follow the "Leave No Trace" guidelines whilst on the Oxford Island reserve for all our courses. This meant we didn't need to touch the actual fungi, and we certainly didn't pick any - we don't need to eat wild fungi from the nature reserve. ALWAYS consult an expert on mushrooms before picking anything from the wild.
The guys soon got their "eye in" for finding strikingly beautiful species of fungus and we employed some creative techniques for composition, keeping the subjects at eye level, fill-in flash, and techniques for blackening the backgrounds.
A lot of people are either scared to use flash, or don't know enough about the method to venture into using it for nature photography - on our DGPix macro courses we teach creative methods for using flashguns and even pop-up flashes to create naturally pleasing images of the natural world.
Here's a few sample images :
That's the macro courses finished for this year - hopefully we'll see them start around the spring of 2015 again. Until then, we can look forward to the Wild Bird photography course in January 2015, always a popular course, so book early when you see the adverts! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for news of up and coming courses.
Lastly, a big thank you to those who attended the course, it was a real pleasure to instruct such a willing group of individuals, and to see them realise their potential for creative photography. But the biggest reward is as always, is to see the passion ignited in them for the natural world, and a need to preserve it, which is what DGPix is ultimately all about.
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Photographic adventures from from behind the DGPix Wildlife & Nature Photography lens!