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Macro shot of the snow in Scandinavia

A received an email from someone who wanted to know how I took this photo of a snow flake.┬áHere’s how I did it:

  1. First you need to have a camera with interchangeable lenses, such as any SLR camera. (Mine is a Canon 30D, but I want a 5D Mark II. Don’t we all? ­čśŤ
  2. Now, simply remove the lens from the body by clicking the release button, and flip it around placing it backwards against the camera body. (See the following photos.)

Well, okay, there are a couple of things you still need to do. You will have no control over your aperture, so set your camera on Manual/Automatic mode for best results. You will also not be able to use your focus ring on your lens, ┬áso adjust your focus by moving back and forth until you gets a clear focus.┬áDon’t use a flash, because you will be too close for it to do any good. Set your ISO on a high enough setting to avoid any camera shake.

That’s it! enjoy shooting.

P.S. You need to know that every time you take your lens off of your camera body you risk allowing dust to get on your sensor. There isn’t a huge risk unless you are in a windy and/or dusty area. but do this at your own discretion.