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By heyitshenry
Hello there,
I was trying to get out with my dads camera but I had left it too late and the light dropped.
Even though it was low light I managed to get a few average shots. This is one of the better ones which I edited later. Do you think there should be anything I could keep in mind for another low light situation?

Henry F Grin

Tags: Outdoors Close up Mushroom Close-up and macro mushrooms grass leaves


Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2019 1:31PM
Good POV, and I like the colours against the green background...
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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4012 Canada
16 Jun 2019 3:01PM
Its a good result.

Tripod would allow the use of a lower ISO and longer exposure.

Shorter focal length, or macro lens would allow you to get closer.

Otherwise the settings look good.

mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2019 5:04PM

Quote:Do you think there should be anything I could keep in mind for another low light situation?

First suggestion - see if you can come back when the light is better! (The Exif is showing this as taken at 5am, I suspect that is not correct.)

Next suggestion, spend some time over it, circle round the subject, looking through the camera. Try to find the best angle both for the light and the background. That very bright strip of green at the top of the frame is a real distraction.

What this needs is gentle, low light - early morning or evening. What it doesn't need is bright, overhead sun, which will cause problems with highlights on the shiny upper surface. Flat light is fine, you just need enough of it...

If poor light is unavoidable, it might be possible to get someone to hold a sheet of white card to reflect light at a better angle onto the subject.

(Something else to arm yourself with for tricky light is a diffuser - a piece of fine white muslin or gauze, preferably stretched over a hoop. This can be used in bright sun, to soften the light falling on the subject.)

Another suggestion here is a spot of 'gardening' before you take the shot - clear away the grasses that are growing over the toadstool, for a clearer view.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 579 England
16 Jun 2019 9:25PM
It's a decent record.

Your cropped version is the stroger image,so in th absence of a closer focusing lens or the use of extension tubes cropping will suffice.
That said, a wider view is useful to show context. :Unfortunately there's little to be had here and the bright green is a distraction as the viewer's eye is drawn towards it. Ironic really as it's usually the red that does that!

The light was low, but soft which is ideal for maximum detail, and Moira's suggestion of using a reflector is a good one (true in most lighting situations in fact). So try for an overcast day, or wait for the cloud to pass over the sun. Strong directional light such as the sun produces high contrast and hotspots, spoiling the resulting image.

This image is on the cold side, tonally, and needs warming slightly in post processing.

Gardening that Moira nentions involves tidying the subject. Some natur photographers frown on th practice, but moving a few stems or twigs is generally accepted - what you don't want to do is have obvious signs that you've done anything.

Your low angle is great, you're on a level with your subject and I wouldn't change that. Sure, other viewpoints can work, suich as from above but that's a different shot though one you should always consider so you have a variety of images.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2082 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2019 9:33PM
In a low light situation, first try a lower f-number and a higher ISO.
Decreasing your aperture means more light will pass through the lens into the camera body.
A bit of fill flash could be used if absolutely necessary.
Your subject is stationary, so you won't need a very fast shutter speed, but a tripod will help to ensure a sharp image.

HERE is an EPZ tutorial with Low Light Photography Tips that you might enjoy reading.

dudler Plus
15 876 1495 England
16 Jun 2019 10:51PM
I rather like this - low light can be difficult, but with a static subject there's no great problem, especially if you have a tripod or a beanbag - or some other way to mount the camera so that it doesn't move (tip - use a cable release, or delayed action, so that pressing hte shutter release doesn't move the camera).

Macro lenses and extension tubes are costly, but supplementary close-up lenses aren't (they're not filters, as they are not made of flat glass: they are convex meniscus lenses - try the secondhand oddments bin at a camera shop, or look on eBay before yo uresort to buying new.

Your off-centre crop looks good.

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