A&P Tips on taking pictures of lightning

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  1. Christine

    Christine Give us something gruesome..

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    Im still a newb at photography and I was wondering if anyone can give me some tips on taking pictures of lightning? I tried unsucessfully tonight to take pictures, I tried long exposure thinking it would show up, that didn't work. I put my finger half way down on the shutter release button, but ofcourse lightning speed owned me :o I have a Minolta Dimage Z1 and im starting to think that it is a waste of money since I am not too happy with it, its great during the day, but is HORRIBLE at night which is when I take most of my pictures. Anyways, Hope you guys can help me. :)
     
  2. Kinks

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    DO A SEARCH.

    there have been heaps of lightning threads recently :slap:
     
  3. redna

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    Long exposure in a dark area with a low fstop is the best way I've found so far.

    here are some pics i've taken:

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    I use Bulb and f4-f11 depending on lighting conditions. If it is during the day you have to keep the fstop low enough so the cam can differentiate between ambient light and the bolt so you have to speed up the shutter.

    I took this with the following:

    ExposureTime : 2.00Sec
    FNumber : F8.0
    ExposureProgram : Manual
    ExposureBiasValue : EV0.0
    MaxApertureValue : F3.5
    MeteringMode : Division
    LightSource : Unidentified
    Flash : Not fire
    FocalLength : 18.00(mm)

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    Thats at about 6:30 at night. before the sun set.
     
  4. Christine

    Christine Give us something gruesome..

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    Very :cool: pics, and thanks for your reply! Hopefully there will be lightning tonight so I can try it out. :wiggle:
     

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