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taking photos of lightning

Postby cheesy » Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:12 pm

hi, i'm new to the world of digital cameras, i have a passion to take good photos, i own a canon 60d with a 18mm to 55mm lens.i need some help on taking photos of lightning
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Re: taking photos of lightning

Postby Chopper » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:20 pm

Easiest way that I've found is the to set the camera to the following using the lens you've described (I'm assuming it's the kit lens)

f - 5.6 (or whatever the lowest setting is)
ISO - 100
Evaluative metering
Shutter Speed - usually 30 secs if at night
Good sturdy tripod
Most important bit of kit - a small black cloth (microfibre cleaning cloth is perfect, big enough to cover the front of your lens))

Set focus to infinity, switch to Manual Focus and make sure IS is switched off as well. Hit your shutter and wait for a strike. If it's a rather stormy night, this is where the cloth comes in - after capturing a couple of strikes, I'll carefully cover the lens to stop anymore light coming into it and wait until the shutter closes.

The above technique also works well for capturing fireworks where you don't want too many fireworks in the shot at one time.
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Re: taking photos of lightning

Postby Jean-Pierre » Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:44 pm

Great tip for the black cloth Chopper, I'll definitely give that a shot.
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Re: taking photos of lightning

Postby Rorschach » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:20 am

Great tip! I haven't shot fireworks or lightning but I'll definitely bear that in mind if I do.
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Re: taking photos of lightning

Postby darelmiler » Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:36 am

If you want to take impressive lightning photos then you should use a tripod and use remote shutter in order to take shots. You should set the shutter speed and aperture properly. Most importantly, you should frame the picture where most of the light occurs.
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Re: taking photos of lightning

Postby Rorschach » Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:48 am

darelmiler wrote:You should set the shutter speed and aperture properly.

I'm no expert photographer but setting your shutter speed and aperture properly is true of any photo you take....
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Re: taking photos of lightning

Postby twain » Mon May 20, 2013 7:10 am

As I know you should have a lightning trigger for taking shots. I'm into lightning photography and i read a review on gizmag about that device called Nero Trigger. It can be very helpful for images you want to capture. You should check it out.
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Re: taking photos of lightning

Postby ArabiaAvonlea » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:37 am

ou do not want the camera searching for focus when trying to take pictures of lightning - so you need to set it to infinity first. Any slightly out of focus shots of lightning are very noticeable with digital.
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