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Digital Photography Technique => Taking Photos => Topic started by: sprint16v on October 05, 2006, 04:46:11 PM

Title: lightning
Post by: sprint16v on October 05, 2006, 04:46:11 PM
Just looking at d7's pic
Tried taking lightning on a film camera and noever got anything visible back from processing presumably the auto processing didn't like black skies they alll came back brown.

How shoudl you do it with digital?
Title: Re: lightning
Post by: fother on October 05, 2006, 10:29:03 PM
I haven't had a chance to try it yet (don't get much lightning here), but in essence, the trick is long exposures

Here's a nice article about it (http://www.weather-photography.com/techniques.php?cat=lightning&page=lightning) :)
Title: Re: lightning
Post by: d7d (aka Ronin, aka Shot by scott) on October 06, 2006, 11:18:20 AM
Set your camera up on a tripod with a good sharp lens. (if you can use a power supply then use it as you will drain your batteries quick. Set your camera to noise reduction on and an exposure time as long as you can (30 seconds with most cameras) and aperture automatic, set your ISO so you get around f8 – f16. Point your camera in the direction of the lightning and uses a cable release. Remember with this set up you can only take 1 photo per minute but you keep shooting till you can’t shoot any more and hope you catch a few flashes. Latter in Photoshop adjust your white levels
Title: Re: lightning
Post by: ecniv on October 06, 2006, 01:55:40 PM
Nice. I might try that if we get a decent amount of lightning (usually only get one and its miles away in the opposite direction to that I'm facing in ;) )

Title: Re: lightning
Post by: fother on October 06, 2006, 02:02:01 PM

better than right on top of you! ;)
Title: Re: lightning
Post by: d7d (aka Ronin, aka Shot by scott) on October 09, 2006, 03:00:06 PM
LOL use a rubber suit and have someone you don't like hold an umbrella up very high for you : )