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Hi’ I’m Chris Rutter and we’ve come along this woodland today to show you how to take stunning fungi shots. Alright, before we get started, let’s just go through some of the kit we’ll be using. Fungi can be pretty small. So ideally, you have a macro lens to get close enough to the subject. I’m using a Tameron 90 millimeter macro on this Sony Alpha Digital SLR. If you don’t have a macro lens, you can still get reasonable results with bigger subjects using a standard same lens. And many compact cameras also have a close up or macro facility that can be used for this type of shot. Because fungi is usually found in shady locations, a really good way of holding the camera steady, a bean bag like this is perfect for shooting at ground level as long as the shutter speed’s on too long. And finally, you’ll also need a reflector. This is to control the amount of light on the subject. This is a small less light reflector which has got silver on one side and white on the other. Right, that’s about it so let’s go and find a subject. Right, a very nice example here and the first thing you wanna do is get down to the level of the subject. And you might wanna bring along a plastic rubber sack or ground sheet to lie on. And the ground can be pretty wet and muddy sometimes. And here, it’s fine. Right, now once you’re down at ground level, you can take your time to find the best composition. Now I’m quite happy with the view from here. So now I can start to set up the camera. Now first thing you need to do is switch to manual focus so you can carefully focus on the cap of the fungi. Although I’m quite happy with the shot, there is still a couple of simple improvements we can make. There are several twigs and leaves that are spoiling the shot so I need to carefully remove them. Tiding up your shot like this is called gardening. And it’s one of the simplest ways to improve your macro shots. And that’s much better. Maybe we can still improve it. Fungi is still a little dark. So now I’m gonna use the reflector to bounce some light back onto it. And as you move your reflector, you can see the light bouncing into the fungi and really help lift the image. Right, I’m happy with it there so just prop the reflector and take my final shot. Well, that’s about we always do it. So thanks for watching and see you soon.