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  1. kristin

    kristin my dog > *

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    I was in the middle of a really awesome lightning storm last night and got quite a few pictures of it, but none of them turned out spectacular because I couldn't get the focus right on the lightning since I didn't know how far away it really was...

    Seems as though another one is coming through tonight and I was wondering if you guys had any tips on how to do it properly?
     
  2. anthem404

    anthem404 not my cup of mud

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    Depending on what lens you have, you should just set it to ∞ distance. I typically use my 18-55 at 3.5 and do 30 seconds at iso 100. I have a cable release, but you could also use the autotimer at like 2 seconds so that you dont shake the camera while the shutter is open.
     
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    Yeah, your focus should be on infinite.
     
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    hyperfocal distance FTW
     
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    focus to ∞ ftw
     
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    . Better than infinity.
     
  8. kristin

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    Awesome! Thanks for the replies :)
     
  9. kristin

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    I'm prepared to get flamed for this, but I'm so used to older lenses that actually have an infinity focus mark on the lens.. How would I set the XTi kit lens (for example) to infinity focus? I searched Google and didn't have much luck :hs:
     
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    Just try to auto focus on something a long way away....then click over to manual focus once it has been set to infinity.
     
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    Too dark out where we are for auto focus to see anything at night.. :hs: I tried manual focusing on a house last night, but it was too close and the lightning was behind it.
     
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    J R B The pink pills are for your sanity, we are buried

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    That, or just rotate the focus ring counterclockwise all the way.
     
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    teh 1d series autofocus is so good you can focus on the lightnings before it leaves.
     
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    I think you can focus past infinity...I know that sounds stupid but I think it is true.
     
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    That's what I found when Googling for the answer
     
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    there aren't any streetlights or anything, it doesn't have to be much :hs:
     
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    I tried tonight but none of them turned out :(
     
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    Yea I've heard its to compensate for the expansion of the glass with temp, but I've also heard its for IR stuff so who knows..but the fact is, you can do it and need to be aware
     
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    No street lights :hs: Literally out in the country.

    All I can focus on is a distant house, but that's just using the naked eye, and I seem to have missed that focus when getting the lightning the night before, or the lightning was quite a ways beyond it.

    I found out tonight though that I can do infinity on my longer lens by turning it all the way to one direction; I used the stars and got it to focus once it went to the extreme left. I'll use that next time :cool: So I guess on the kit lens you can go beyond infinity, but not the longer one
     
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    Photographing lightning is really easy actually if you have the right equipment. All you really need is:

    1. Camera with bulb shutter mode.
    2. Tripod.
    3. Cable release.

    And if you don't have a lens with focus markings it's probably a really cheap one. You can try focusing on something distant, and then changing to manual focus and leaving it there.

    Open the shutter and hope lightning appears in the frame. Repeat.
     
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    You missed the focus on the distant house...If you are on infinite then you can't focus on something like a distant house and not be focusing on things behind it...just doesn't work that way.

    Maybe autofocus during the day then switch to manual and wait....or focus to infinite in daylight and put a piece of tape on your lens across the focusing ring then cut the tap so that you can at a later point line up the two pieces of tape and know you are set to infinity.
     
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    :werd: That's how I was doing it :cool: I'll try again next time we get a big storm
     
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