Shooting snowflakes are fun but can be challenging. For these shots I used a Panasonic GH3 and a Lumix 100-300mm lens with an old manual 50mm lens attached to it in reverse (face to face using a macro coupler ring). For light I used a small LED light source. The setup looked like this:
To properly see and photograph snowflakes, they need to be lit from a specific angle. I moved the light source around to get the effect I like while triggering the shutter with a remote.
As shown in this video, a very small change in the angle of light will have a dramatic effect.
Here’s a brief breakdown of my lighting setup for my Peter Mansbridge shoot.
I had about half an hour to setup and 20 minutes to shoot Mr. Mansbridge. He is a very important figure in Canada and I was quite nervous! I didn’t have an assistant which meant I needed to carry minimum gear and I needed to shoot very fast. I decided to shoot with my favourite portrait lens, the Canon EF 85mm f1.8 on the 5D Mark II.