Save & earn with MPB; trade-in and buy pre-loved

Photographing Lichen

Edwin Brosen shares his tips on photographing Lichen.

| Close-Up
Article by Edwin Brosens

Lichen look their best from October to May, during the summer months they lose some of their colour so aren't as interesting to photograph.

Photographing Lichen: Lichen
Sony Alpha 33, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 and Flash, f14 at 1/40.

So people can understand where lichen can be found and to illustrate their size I have used my Sigma 10-24mm, f/4-5.6 wide angle lens to start. For the above shot, I shot from a low angle to capture the trunk in the foreground and the line of trees in the background.

As the lichen are our subject they have to be sharp so I always use manual focusing to select my focus point. Light levels can be low at this time of year so I tend to use my flash to make the lichens more visible. I never use my camera's built-in flash as it's too harsh, instead I use an external flash with a softbox over it. This softens the light and also evenly spreads light over my subject. 

Photographing Lichen: Lichen
Sony Alpha 33, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro and Flash f16 at 1/60.

Lichen make great macro photography subjects as they are full of patterns. To create an interesting composition I place the lichen in the center of the photo and ensure there's good depth of field. I always use a tripod as if you move the camera just a mm, it can effect the composition quite a bit.

As most lichens grow on the shadow side of the tree, set your white balance setting to shade, take a test shot and review the colours. If they aren't very life-like, try a different white balance option and take another test shot. 

Photographing Lichen: Tree
Sony Alpha 33, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 and Flash, f22 at 1/40.

Visit Edwin Brosens website to see more of his work -

MPB Start Shopping

Support this site by making a Donation, purchasing Plus Membership, or shopping with one of our affiliates: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon CA, ebay UK, MPB. It doesn't cost you anything extra when you use these links, but it does support the site, helping keep ePHOTOzine free to use, thank you.


Other articles you might find interesting...

Do I Need A Tripod For Macro Photography?
Top Coast Close-Up Photography Tips
6 Top Tips On How & Why To Capture Creative Abstract Photos...
6 Outdoor Flower Photography Tips Every Compact Camera User...
10 Must-Read Close-Up Photography Tutorials
10 Top Macro Photography Tips
4 Top Tips For Creative Fruit And Veg Photography
5 Quick Frost Photography Tips For Crisp Winter Photos

There are no comments here! Be the first!


You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join for free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.