Expert tip Find hidden gems by scouring the woodland floor
A brisk walk through your local woods can reveal a variety of delightful surprises, including native fungi. These unassuming little organisms can make fantastic photographic subjects, so be ready to break out your camera once you spot one. Unlike capturing a macro leaf, this subject works best with both foreground and background interest. Try to shoot against a colourful background that complements the fungi. Avoid similar colours if at all possible, as this will simply make your subject blend into its background. Then, find a way to include some foreground interest. This could be vibrant green grass or the warm brown of dead leaves. Either way, the most important thing here is that parts of the foreground are subtly framing the main subject.
For the best results, make sure that you’re on the same level as the fungi. While this unfortunately means lying down on the woodland floor, this technique will produce an image of far superior quality than one taken from above. This is also the best way to ensure that your shot has a colourful background and an intriguing foreground.