Photographing Lightening Storms

Lightening is one of the most unpredictable forces of nature and can be amazing to capture with your camera. When we think about capturing a Lightening storm the first thing that comes to our mind is “how to capture the flash of light which moves so fast”. It looks a difficult and maybe impossible task, but in actual fact it is relatively easy.

Lightening Strike Image

In this course we will teach you how to capture an image of a Lightning storm with ease and without too much effort. You simply need to follow the 12 steps given below:

  1. First of all check your Camera battery is fully charged, if not then charge your battery.
  2. Fit your camera with a wide-angled lense and set it to a focal length of 18mm or less.
  3. After this put your camera in manual mode (‘M’ mode on many Cameras). It is always better to use Manual focus as compared to auto focus for this type of work.
  4. Select an iris aperture value f of between 11 and 16.
  5. Select a shutter speed of 30 seconds
  6. Turn off the flash on the camera.
  7. Select shooting mode using “remote trigger” (if you have this feature). If you do not have a remote shutter release, use the shot time delay feature, 2 seconds delay for example.
  8. While looking for a good landscape and framing your image always take care to get the composition right.
  9. Put your camera on a firm tripod and make sure it does not move. Always conduct your photography session on a steady surface.
  10. Be patient and now you need to wait for nature to provide the Lightening to photograph.
  11. As you begin to see lightning strikes in the distance, start shooting. Shoot a few seconds before you believe the Lightening will actually strike. You have the margin of the exposure time (20 to 30 sec) to record the image. During multiple Lightening strikes this delay usually allows you to capture at least part of the Lightening strikes.
  12. While you are capturing a photo such as this at long distance, be sure not to touch the camera or tripod. Don’t let your camera vibrate or move on its tripod. Protect yourself, your camera and photos from the rain shower during storms with a large umbrella or suitable protective covering.

Shooting a lightning storm is always a great experience and although it takes a little effort and time to capture these types of image, it is worth the amazing results you can achieve. Simply follow the steps I have mentioned above and see the stunning results yourself.

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