Observation 158129: Phallus indusiatus Vent.
When: 2014-01-03
No herbarium specimen

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what Alan said…
By: Richard Kneal (bloodworm)
2014-02-18 19:15:30 EST (-0500)

also, there are some pretty good deals on Canon DSLR’s out there.
i have the t3 and 3 lenses for about $550-$600.
plus, Rocky sent me a couple extension tubes which i really like.
they are cheap and useful…but, a little hard to use at first.

If you want an inexpensive professional quality photo setup
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2014-02-18 18:46:43 EST (-0500)

the thing to do is to put an inexpensive camera on a tripod and use reflectors, small f-stop and low iso. You can get a canon powershot cheap on ebay, or get a canon sx series for about $150 to 200, those take great photos. Hopefully something with manual mode. The camera you use doesn’t matter, as long as it doesn’t suck, what matters is how you use it. So, tripod and reflectors.

If you want inexpensive professional quality photos
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2014-02-18 18:46:40 EST (-0500)

the thing to do is to put an inexpensive camera on a tripod and use reflectors, small f-stop and low iso. You can get a canon powershot cheap on ebay, or get a canon sx series for about $150 to 200, those take great photos. Hopefully something with manual mode. The camera you use doesn’t matter, as long as it doesn’t suck, what matters is how you use it. So, tripod and reflectors.

Thanks Suse and Danny
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2014-02-18 18:35:05 EST (-0500)

for the helpful information.

Terri

Equipment (continued)
By: Susanne Sourell (suse)
2014-02-18 04:15:00 EST (-0500)

Danny, I agree that a tripod for image stabilization is certainly indispensable unless one has a really calm hand. No “perfect” photos without decent equipment, we all know that.

But I have been looking for a way to simplify things and I would like to encourage everyone to improve the quality of macro pictures without ‘professional’ equipment . The described Olympus Super-Resolution Zoom function together with the function “Macro LED Light” leads to surprising results, fast and fully automatic. Definitely worth a thought for those looking for a handy sized camera for the purpose of taking macro pictures of fungi.

equipment
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-02-17 17:42:41 EST (-0500)

Terri/Donna:

there are many different roads that all lead to quality images. suse has described one; a macro-capable point-and-shoot, shot handheld with flash. i encourage users of these kinds of cameras to use manual mode exclusively (providing their camera model offers it), in order to be able to fine tune ISO, shutter speed, aperture and focus. automatic macro photography is something of an oxymoron. autofocus on even the best of cameras or lenses will often “search” for where it thinks it ought to focus for far longer than it would take the machine behind the camera (the human) to do the same. this ultimately drains lots of battery and wastes time. this is especially true for extreme close-ups, where autofocus is almost guaranteed to fail every time.

I have found image stabilization through the use of a tripod plus remote shutter release to be an indispensable part of taking well-exposed, sharp images. this ensures that motion blur (the result of the camera moving while the shutter is open) is kept to a minimum. a good many fungi possess very fine features which only the sharpest of images can capture, and the sharpest of images are best achieved when everything is still.

i finally invested in a tripod I plan to use until it falls apart, which I should have bought to start instead of cutting corners and, ultimately, spending more money in the long run (see the following article for a lengthy but poignant article on that topic: http://www.bythom.com/support.htm). I highly recommend any aspiring mushroom photographer do the same. when you do, choose one with an articulating center column, as pictured here:

the following makes and models support this feature:

http://www.benrousa.com/products/versatile/ (Formerly known as “Flexpods”)
http://www.amazon.com/...
http://www.amazon.com/...
http://www.patersonphotographic.com/benbo-tripods.htm
http://www.gitzo.us/photo-tripods-explorer (the holy grail of tripods, priced accordingly)

Equipment for good pictures- demystified :-)
By: Susanne Sourell (suse)
2014-02-17 15:12:36 EST (-0500)

Terri, good pictures can be easy. Surprise! No decent equipment needed. All my pics have been made with ‘Olympus TG-620 Tough Series’. Designed to stand up to the extreme environmental conditions of a neotropical rainforest. Waterproof to 5 meters, shockproof to 1.5 meters. This camera has a 5x Optical/10x Super-Resolution Zoom. The pics have been made using the automatic modus. Haven’t used Photoshop to the improve the quality and haven’t used a tripod either. The secret is to use the Super-Resolution Zoom together with the “Macro LED Light”, which is supporting macro shooting with bad light conditions. You can bring the camera face to face with the mushroom, the minimum distance with this camera is only 3cm. More recent Olympus Tough models have a minimum distance of 1 cm. Not a big investment – lots of fun. Enjoy!

Great pics,
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2014-02-16 18:33:43 EST (-0500)

what kind of equipment do you use? I’m looking to learn more about photography and invest in a decent camera one of these days.

Terri

incredible.
By: Richard Kneal (bloodworm)
2014-02-16 16:07:15 EST (-0500)

very nice.

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