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Photographing Lightning storms.

 
DanaS
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Jun 25, 2006 19:38 |  #1

I have a Canon EOS D1 MKII N and several good lenses, and would like any and all opinions on how to capture good lightning shots (besides good luck) Overall settings and the like would be appreciated. I live in Arizona and we are coming into our monsoon season and can have great light shows. Thanks in advance

Dana S :)


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Jun 25, 2006 19:55 |  #2

Use a wide angle. Set for low ISO (100 or less). What I do is set the camera for 10-15 sec shutter. The aperture is dependant upon the intensity of the lightning. Fainter you open up, brighter can be down to f/22. I've had some RAW blown out at that small of an aperture due to getting to close! Focus is a problem since it's dark. I set for infinity first then after the first catch zoom in on the camera's display to inspect then adjust focus from there. I try to get some exposure for the clouds as well. I do have some shots posted on my site to give an idea from our last monsoon. We have a chance this week! Looking forward to seeing some of yours.


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Jun 25, 2006 20:36 as a reply to  @ R Hardman's post |  #3

Thanks Rick,
We are in the process of it starting to rain right now so I will follow your advice and post any shots I get.
Thanks again
Dana S


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