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#1 lashcoin

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 01:54 AM

So we had a storm a few weeks back with some random lightning, so being the genius I am, I covered my camera with a plastic bag and ran outside to take pictures with the tripod.

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So how do you shoot lightning?
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Posted 25 September 2011 - 07:43 AM

it seems like it was to bright for the camera to focus.
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Posted 25 September 2011 - 10:09 AM

aim camera at sky, set shutter to 30 seconds, wait for lightning. done deal

heres a guide: http://www.digital-p...graph-lightning

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 10:44 PM

it seems like it was to bright for the camera to focus.


I had it on manual, but focusing at a dark sky (~10PM) is near impossible :P

aim camera at sky, set shutter to 30 seconds, wait for lightning. done deal

heres a guide: http://www.digital-p...graph-lightning


I feel like an idiot, it's really that simple..... :o
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Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:43 AM

http://www.digital-p...graph-lightning

Better than I can describe it.

I want to add though since it's pretty difficult to focus on the sky, which in itself is infinite... set your lens to focus at infinity. The lightning is going to be pretty goddamn far away from you (I hope) so it should be in focus.

Also, if you can shoot in RAW.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 02:17 PM

1.Set aperture to highest number possible. iso to 100.
2.Set shutter to 30 sec
3. set timer so it goes after 10 seconds (prevents shake)
4. press button, walk away.
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Posted 10 October 2011 - 08:00 PM

nice picture's, ever tried applying for a job at National Geographic?

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 01:39 PM

nice picture's, ever tried applying for a job at National Geographic?


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Posted 14 October 2011 - 09:13 AM

nice picture's, ever tried applying for a job at National Geographic?


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Posted 14 October 2011 - 07:28 PM


nice picture's, ever tried applying for a job at National Geographic?


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Posted 15 October 2011 - 08:18 AM

Tripod and a remote shutter release are my tools that I use for lightning. Lightning is VERY bright on a dark background. It's far enough away to use low aperture numbers with your focus point set to infinity. I findit useful to set my white balance to tungsten.
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 10:23 AM

Nice shots!

Lightning is a rarity out here so I probably won't be getting very many shots.

There is a great point on a hill were you can see for miles... Would that be the best place to be to shoot?
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 10:36 AM

Best place is going to be wherever the lightning is without the rain. Here is Oklahoma that's either right in front of a wall cloud that's about to hit the warm gulf air and expand or, if your really lucky, watching it pass you by without dropping buckets of water on you.




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