Taking pictures of storms

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  1. Meridethk

    Meridethk TPF Noob!

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    Taking pictures of lightning is something that really interests me. Although i dont have a clue where to start.

    What kind of settings on my camera to use?
    should i use a tripod?

    I have a cannon 40D with a 28-135mm lens

    I need to know everything their is about taking pictures of storms.
     
  2. Jaszek

    Jaszek No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    tripod, remote and bulb. just open your sensor and once you see the lightning close it.
     
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    Find a location with an interesting foreground. Buildings, a lake, farm etc. are good examples. Close down your fstop to f16 and ISO to 100. Use a tripod and bulb setting to hold the shutter open during a few lightning strikes. Experiment with your time exposure. I would start at 15 to 30 seconds and adjust according to what I was getting and whether there was any ambient light. During the day, I would probably also use neutral density or polarizer to get down into time exposure territory for the light reading.

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    All the above is excellent info. I just wanted to add that if you had a timer remote, you could set it and not worry about manning your bulb. Once you get your exposure right from ambient light, let it keep snapping away.
     
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