Best Ways to Photograph lightning

1

Set the lens to infinity

When it comes to lightning, you want to disengage using autofocus. This is because the lightning will easily fool the autofocus sensor. Set manual focus and change the lens to infinity. Setting the lens to infinity gives maximum depth on the field. It does make objects close to the camera out of focus, but they are not your targeted subject, so it is okay.

VOTE:
REPORT
Written by Cecilia Leonard
6 months ago
2

Timing is everything

If you are attempting to capture lightning with a specific object (in this case the tree), then you need to keep the tree in focus first. Use a sturdy tripod to avoid shaking the camera and use a remote release device so your camera does not have any vibrations when releasing the shutter. Set the f-stop between f/5.6 to f/8 and set the shutter speed to B “bulb” mode.

Timing is everything

VOTE:
REPORT
Written by Steve Blake
6 months ago
3

Protect your gear

Lightning brings rain and it is better to shoot from a safe place, but it is not always possible. You have to protect your lenses and camera from the rain to not mess with the mechanics of the camera. Always use a lens filter to protect the lens and wipe away rain droplets from the lens with a soft lint-free cloth. Use a protective plastic case that will protect the lens, camera, and top half of the tripod. Avoid changing your lens in the rain and keep all your camera accessories in a closed bag.

VOTE:
REPORT
Written by Garry Martin
6 months ago
4

Composing the photo

Shooting a streak of lightning looks amazing, but it does not tell us anything else from the picture. Create a setup and include the background and surrounding area in the picture. Use a wide-angle lens and think about how the image has been composed. Add other elements like a house, road, etc to tell a story from your picture.

VOTE:
REPORT
Written by Julie Walsh
4 months ago
5

Stay safe

Before you focus on the photography aspect of lightning, you have to make sure you are keeping yourself safe. The first thing you have to do is find a safe spot from which you can photograph the lightning. You should not be taking pictures of lightning in an open area near trees or water. The safest place to be when taking these types of pictures is inside a building or a car. Remember, if you can see the lightning, it is close enough to strike in your vicinity.

VOTE:
REPORT
Written by Abigail Davidson
4 months ago
6

Use a tripod

For the best shot of lightning bolts, it's best to use a tripod. It helps stabilize your camera for a better and clearer shot. While some photographers may be able to get away with using a handheld camera to get their shots of this beautiful natural phenomenon, using a tripod will better your chances of getting a good photograph on your first try. Lightning doesn't usually come back if you get a shaky picture. Give yourself the best chance to get a great shot by using a tripod.

VOTE:
REPORT
Written by Leonardo Richards
9 months ago

Do you know the BEST WAY TO Photograph Lightning?

This topic is tagged

photo

photography

Share this page

Related topics

image for topic 'Spice up the bedroom'
Best Ways to

Spice up the bedroom

image for topic 'Photograph the moon'
Best Ways to

Photograph the moon

image for topic 'Pose for pictures'
Best Ways to

Pose for pictures

image for topic 'Hide cash'
Best Ways to

Hide cash

image for topic 'Protect your home'
Best Ways to

Protect your home

image for topic 'Hide a camera'
Best Ways to

Hide a camera

image for topic 'Shrink scrubs'
Best Ways to

Shrink scrubs

image for topic 'Photograph food'
Best Ways to

Photograph food

Add new topic

Do you have a suggestion on a new topic? Please contribute!
Best Ways to
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA.
The Google Privacy Policy & Terms of Service apply.

Explore other topics

Disclaimer: This web site gathers "Best Ways" to do things from contributing users. Any application of ANY recommendations set forth on this site is at the viewer's discretion and sole risk. Examples (non exhaustive): Some of the topics relates to health (physical or mental). The recommendations set forth on such topics (or any other topic) are not intended as a substitute for the medical advice and supervision of your personal physician. Other topics relates to economics, investments and legal issues. None of the recommendations set forth on such topics (or any other topic) are intended as investment, tax, accounting or legal advice. Your use of the Information presented to you is at your own risk. The Information is provided 'as is' and without warranties, either expressed or implied.
For https://best.ways.to to operate properly cookies are needed. By surfing further on this site you consent to us setting cookies in your browser as well as to our privacy policy and our terms of service. Click this button to accept / remove this message.