How to photograph lightning

The equipment and settings you need to capture nature's own light show.

Find a location: It is not safe to photograph lightning out in the open, especially if the lightning is close by; you will also probably get your gear wet and catch a cold. Don’t risk it. Instead, shoot from a balcony or veranda if you can, as you will be out of the wind and the rain. Alternatively, try shooting from inside your house — especially if you live high up — but make sure there are no lights in the room that will cause window reflections. The above shot was taken behind a window. Because the window wasn’t clean, the shot looks dull and dirty, but otherwise the camera captured the dramatic night time sky as it was illuminated.

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