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Top 3 Tips For Clicking Lightning

Published by WPC Official Account on Aug'06,2021

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Top 3 Tips For Clicking Lightning

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Lightning is an alluring subject for any photographer. It's breathtakingly beautiful, absolutely unpredictable, and utterly satisfying to capture. But lightning photography is highly challenging too because of its uncertainty. You need to take care of yourself from your subject too! At the same time, clicking lightning photographs is a very rewarding task. That one amazing shot of lightning with its unique pattern can make you forget all the labor of waiting for hours in adverse weather and taking so many failed shots before that one. If you want to click beautiful lightning photos, keep reading.

Here are the top 3 things to consider while photographing lightning:- 

 

Place

 

 

 

Don't get too close to the storm- it is not only risky but also problematic for you to shoot in the storm. Similarly, if you shoot from too far, the lightning might not appear clear or appealing in your photo. Always be approximately 6 to 10 miles away from the storm. It makes the ideal position. If you desperately want to shoot from a distance less than 6 miles, do that from a car or a building, because it is pretty risky. You can easily identify this distance by calculating the time taken to crack the thunder after the lightning strikes. It takes 10 seconds for a distance of 0.2 miles. Take a position making a right angle to the storm. It gives you a better view of the lightning, and keeps you safe from the adverse effects of storms, from front to back. Sudden rainfall can damage your equipment, so try to find a shade and shoot from under it, if possible.  Also keep in mind to stay away from trees, electrical objects, and poles. Keep a minimum distance of 50 feet from them. 

 

Tricks

 

 

 

Lightning photography requires a lot of preparation. One of them is to assume the possibility of lightning. Mentally calculate the direction of the storm and where the lightning is striking the most, and fix your camera accordingly. Enable the infinity focus option, if your camera offers that, or focus on something far away. One needs to be quick and steady at the same time to capture the lightning which lasts only for some nanoseconds. Be patient, and observe the sky with close attention. Click the cable release immediately once you see the lightning, and you will get a picture of the secondary lightning strikes that immediately follow that initial bolt. Needless to say, always use a tripod while clicking lightning pictures. 

 

Camera Settings 

 

 

 

Camera settings would depend on several factors, and you need to change them according to the situation. In the beginning, keep the ISO low, around 100-200, and choose a moderate aperture like f/5.6 at the beginning. After clicking a few shots, see if the photos are too dark or too bright. Use a wider aperture, higher ISO, and long exposure for the former case, and narrower aperture, lower ISO, with short exposure for the latter. If there is high wind, it can make the photo blurry. In that case, you need to keep clicking with lower exposure. It is also required to reduce the effect of light pollution if you are shooting at night in a city.

Keep these above mentioned tips in mind before stepping out to capture the dangerous beauty of nature. 

 

Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.


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Lightning is an alluring subject for any photographer. It's breathtakingly beautiful, absolutely unpredictable, and utterly satisfying to capture. But lightning photography is highly challenging too because of its uncertainty. You need to take care of yourself from your subject too! At the same time, clicking lightning photographs is a very rewarding task. That one amazing shot of lightning with its unique pattern can make you forget all the labor of waiting for hours in adverse weather and taking so many failed shots before that one. If you want to click beautiful lightning photos, keep reading.

Here are the top 3 things to consider while photographing lightning:- 

 

Place

 

 

 

Don't get too close to the storm- it is not only risky but also problematic for you to shoot in the storm. Similarly, if you shoot from too far, the lightning might not appear clear or appealing in your photo. Always be approximately 6 to 10 miles away from the storm. It makes the ideal position. If you desperately want to shoot from a distance less than 6 miles, do that from a car or a building, because it is pretty risky. You can easily identify this distance by calculating the time taken to crack the thunder after the lightning strikes. It takes 10 seconds for a distance of 0.2 miles. Take a position making a right angle to the storm. It gives you a better view of the lightning, and keeps you safe from the adverse effects of storms, from front to back. Sudden rainfall can damage your equipment, so try to find a shade and shoot from under it, if possible.  Also keep in mind to stay away from trees, electrical objects, and poles. Keep a minimum distance of 50 feet from them. 

 

Tricks

 

 

 

Lightning photography requires a lot of preparation. One of them is to assume the possibility of lightning. Mentally calculate the direction of the storm and where the lightning is striking the most, and fix your camera accordingly. Enable the infinity focus option, if your camera offers that, or focus on something far away. One needs to be quick and steady at the same time to capture the lightning which lasts only for some nanoseconds. Be patient, and observe the sky with close attention. Click the cable release immediately once you see the lightning, and you will get a picture of the secondary lightning strikes that immediately follow that initial bolt. Needless to say, always use a tripod while clicking lightning pictures. 

 

Camera Settings 

 

 

 

Camera settings would depend on several factors, and you need to change them according to the situation. In the beginning, keep the ISO low, around 100-200, and choose a moderate aperture like f/5.6 at the beginning. After clicking a few shots, see if the photos are too dark or too bright. Use a wider aperture, higher ISO, and long exposure for the former case, and narrower aperture, lower ISO, with short exposure for the latter. If there is high wind, it can make the photo blurry. In that case, you need to keep clicking with lower exposure. It is also required to reduce the effect of light pollution if you are shooting at night in a city.

Keep these above mentioned tips in mind before stepping out to capture the dangerous beauty of nature. 

 

Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.