The Best Aperture & Shutter Speed to Take Pictures of Snow Flakes

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You should always change both your aperture and your shutter speed depending on exactly what you're trying to photograph. Learn about the best aperture and shutter speed to take pictures of snowflakes with help from a director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hi I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Today I'd like to talk to you about the best aperture and shutter speed to use for a photographing snowflakes. Now first and foremost I could say get a macro lens. Get a macro lens so you can get right up in there and real close to that snowflake, then from there what I can suggest is opening up your aperture as far as it will go. Make sure you have a real nice shallow depth of field for that one specific snowflake that you really want to single out. With a shallow depth of field that will help you out a lot. Now as far as your shutter speed goes, it's really going to be all up to you, just whatever is bringing in the best exposure for your image. Now one thing that I can say is don't drop that shutter speed below 50 if you're going handheld because you may end up getting a lot of blur in there in the image and you don't want that. Now other than that the freedom is all up to you with the ISO go ahead and raise it up or drop it down, whatever is going to give you the best amount of exposure, but the most important thing, just get up nice and tight in there, have a nice shallow depth of field and a good solid exposure and you'll get some nice shots of snowflakes. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.

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