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#649697 - 07/10/2006 19:55 Settings for Lightning Photography.
Zacy-G Offline
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Well I have got my new camera and it has a billion more features than my old one..i don't know what settings it should have so it will be good to catch lightning...please help me!


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#649698 - 07/10/2006 20:32 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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You could start by telling us what camera it is.
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#649699 - 07/10/2006 21:09 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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Hi Zac,

According to another thread you have the Fuji s5600 am I correct?? Not knowing terribly much about the camera I had a quick look at a few reviews. To capture lightning is really trial and error, but my suggestion would be to set it up on a tripod (essential for night lightning photography), put the camera in full manual mode so that you have control over the shutter speed and the apeture. Set the ISO to about 100 or 200, the apeture to somewhere around f5.6, and you can either set the shutter speed to around 30 seconds or hold it open until lightning strikes and then shut it off again (depends on if you like single stroke images or multiple ones!). A lot of it depends on the ambient light (street/city/car lights etc), so that's where the trial and error comes into play! The fantastic thing about digital is that you're not wasting money on processing rolls of 'black' film! You will also probably need to set and lock the focus to either infinity or a light source near where the lightning is striking.

I haven't taken many lightning photos (due to the fact that I live in Melbourne :rolleyes: ) and other members more experienced may have some other ideas! A word of warning.....photograph lightning at a safe distance not within the storm!! Get out there with a tripod and a cable release or remote (if the camera requires one) and start shooting and experimenting! You have the luxury of living where there is ample lightning, so that's a good start! Just don't set up your tripod anywhere underneath powerlines......

Good Luck!!
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#649700 - 07/10/2006 21:24 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
Zacy-G Offline
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thanks..ok how do i cant get the shutter to stay open how i do that?

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#649701 - 07/10/2006 21:42 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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The review I read says it does have full manual mode which will enable you to control the shutter speed and the apeture. My advice is read the book, have a play with it, and experiment. You're not going to waste film! If it has a 'bulb' setting within the shutter speed parameters....even better! This means you can open the shutter for as long as you like, but without the unfamiliar camera or book infront of me....I can't tell you!
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#649702 - 07/10/2006 21:53 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
Zacy-G Offline
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i have read that stupid book and i just dont get it because my old camera didnt have these good features..

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#649703 - 07/10/2006 21:55 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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ok which is better trying to have the shutter fast to get lightning or hold it open?

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#649704 - 07/10/2006 22:10 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
stormygirl Offline
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Patience, a clear head and start at the beginning of the book! You sound as though you are fairly new to the world of photography, in which case this will all seem double dutch, but take it slowly. Lightning is not easy to capture, so be patient!!

The only way to capture night lightning is to hold the shutter open for an extended period. The human reflexes are simply not fast enough to capture it once you see the flash. You may completely fluke it during the day and press the shutter the moment lightning flashes (I have done it once), but it is a complete fluke. You 'possibly' could capture it that way at night if the lightning strobed for about 5 seconds! Otherwise, with the combination of our reflexes, and the lag time of the camera it is usually not possible.

Have a read of this from Michael Bath:

http://www.lightningphotography.com/tips.html

...or this from David Simpson:

http://www.stormplanet.com/reference.htm

....and be patient! wink
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#649705 - 07/10/2006 22:31 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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thanks..but i dont understand how to change my settings so the shutter will stay open, thats my main problem, i will read those 2 now..thanks

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#649706 - 07/10/2006 22:56 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
Ben Quinn (BSCH) Offline
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Zacy - switch the dial on the top of the camera to "M" mode and use the 4 way controller to adjust the aperture and shutter speed. Shutter speed will be the up and down buttons and aperture the left and right buttons. You'll see the values change on screen. The camera may or may not have a noise reduction mode that's enabled after a long exposure has been taken so there may be quite a delay before you see the image appear on the LCD screen.

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#649707 - 07/10/2006 23:15 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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ok 2000 is all i can go to up and down which i would take is shutter speed, i dont know what 2000 is, and i have it on f8 aperture [recommended by david simpson] now what is 2000?

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#649708 - 07/10/2006 23:22 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
Ben Quinn (BSCH) Offline
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That would be 1/2000th, meaning the shutter stays open for 1/2000th of a second - ie it's the fastest shutter speed the camera has. Go the other way wink You want the slowest shutter speed, which is 15 seconds for your camera. Once you have it at 15 seconds just push the shutter button and you'll hear the shutter open - it'll stay open for 15 seconds before you hear it close again... if the camera has noise reduction it'll probably take another 15 second exposure which it'll use to map out the hot pixels in the previous exposure. In due course the image will appear on screen.

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#649709 - 07/10/2006 23:29 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
Zacy-G Offline
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THANK YOU VERY MUCH YOU RULE!!!! I CANT WAIT FOR RESULTS!! Will you be chasing or going down to photo lightning after storms move into the bay as I would like to meet with some people to take photos! Cheers bodie ur a champ!

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#649710 - 07/10/2006 23:40 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
Ben Quinn (BSCH) Offline
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You're welcome.

I'll probably be spending more time around local lookouts than usual this year with work committments likely to be more limiting this year than they've ever been, so yeah - if we end up at the same lookout i'd be happy to give you some hints and tips.

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#649711 - 08/10/2006 07:08 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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Zacy, now that you have that figured out, go outside after dark and play around with 15 second exposures. Wave a torch around in front of the camerra during the 15 seconds, get the feel for it so that when an unexpected sttorm arrives, you will be prepaired.

15 seconds is easily long enough to get good lightning photographs.
Set the apperture to F5.6. If you need to set the apperture to F8 then you are way to close to the storm and in danger!!
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#649712 - 08/10/2006 09:04 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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OK Zac,

I've done a quick google search and here are the results.

http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&q=...le+Search&meta=

I know you don't have an SLR, but your camera still has some features that SLR's do. Have a read through some of the links and you may get a better understanding of f stops and shutter speeds and how they relate to one another. When they talk about film speeds, all you ned to do is change the ISO setting on your camera.

There will be a lot of information to digest, so take it slow, and experiment with your camera in the dark as Rob has suggested. READ THE CAMERA MANUAL from cover to cover so you familiarise yourself with the features of the camera and how to change the settings easily. It will take time, and if you are used to using a little point and shoot then it will seem a little daunting!

Have faith in yourself, take one step at a time! Remember you have to learn to walk before you can run! wink
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#649713 - 08/10/2006 09:55 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
Zacy-G Offline
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ok thanks rob and stormy girl i didnt expect this much help at all..i am familiar with just about everything now on manual mode i know how to change aperture, iso and the shutter speeds now..i have also toyed around so it doesnt show the picture and have multi shot on in manual mode it i need it..so i think i should be good by storm season..anyone know where i can get a trippod for my camera?

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#649714 - 08/10/2006 10:27 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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The best thing to do is read about 1 function of the camera at a time. Got outside and play with that function adjust it take a photo and adjust it again and take another photo while keeping the camera pointed at the same spot. Have a look at the pics on your pc and look for the differences in the photo.

I find that the easiest way to learn about the camera, and what that particular function does.

You should be able to get a tripod from where you got your camera. It all comes down to price you can spend $60 or $600 on a tripod. A $60 will do for you at the beginning. Your local camera store should have the cheaper ones in stock.

As mentioned before practice, practice and more practice.
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#649715 - 08/10/2006 10:29 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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thanks..alot..i will go out and do that a little later..

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#649716 - 08/10/2006 11:54 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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I'll be doing a presentation at the Beaudesert Camera Club on Tuesday the 24th of October on storm and lightning photography for anyone interested! Might post some details later/give some more details at this weekend's ASWA meeting as there appears to be some interest in this!

AC
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#649717 - 08/10/2006 12:10 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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ok AC, but i wont be able to make it to either of those unfortuneatly..

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#649718 - 11/12/2006 10:27 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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#649719 - 11/12/2006 10:28 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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what i do is make a video using any camera and then take a screen shot while playing the video.

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#649720 - 13/12/2006 16:08 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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#649721 - 13/12/2006 16:47 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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Yeah Rissco thats what i do to get my lightning shots (see my weather photography post). I usually play it in WMP then print screen, paste it into paint and save it as jpg to make the file size small.

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#649722 - 14/12/2006 07:44 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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If you open the file in moivemaker, you can take a photo clip of an individual frame. Video captures in no way compare to proper still shots though

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#649723 - 15/12/2006 20:59 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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i thihk i have the next model up form Zac I have got a fujifilm s602z and i am having alot of trouble gettig lightnign at night it keeps getting out of focus and i am getti quite frustrated is anyone able to help me here or has the help already been givin?

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#649724 - 15/12/2006 21:16 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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Hey Squid,

Make sure you have the camera set to manual focus and focus it either to infinity or a distant light source near where the lightning is striking.
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#649725 - 16/12/2006 08:04 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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ok sorry i am a bit daft at this how do i set it to infinity? i will explain a bit on the top it has got recording, sp, auto, p,s, a, m and set which one of those do i put it 2?

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#649726 - 17/12/2006 21:48 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
Zacy-G Offline
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m - manual mode

i do use the video stills at the moment as well.

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#649727 - 17/12/2006 22:26 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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so when it is on manual mode it automaticaly is on infinity?

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#649728 - 19/12/2006 05:22 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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Hey squid.. I'm new at this too! laugh
I take it as nothing to do with what mode you're in! When mentioning Infinity, it's got to do with your focus and thereby your lens. When they talk about infinity, it means what you're focusing on and how far away that is!... for me infinity means as 'far' out as you can make your cams focus go; just keep turning the focus both ways and you'll soon see which is close and which is 'far'. With my cam(Canon EOS 350), I turn it all the way then re-adjust just a tad(it sounds more difficult than it really is) and come back in very slightly(just a squidgen.. so to speak eek ). That seems to work fine for me. eg;


ps.. sorry if ya know this already shocked smile

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#649729 - 19/12/2006 12:48 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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ahh so what you are saying is set my focus as wide as it can go and then bring it in a tad?

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#649730 - 01/04/2007 12:47 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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hey fellas i have like a 250 dollar camera for starting off and i need to know how to take pictues of lighting thanx
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#649731 - 01/04/2007 19:33 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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hey C4L, this helped me out when i started..

Click here

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#649732 - 01/04/2007 22:44 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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I know the reply is a little late Squid laugh , but I had a 602 for ages. There is no reliable way to set infinity on the cam. I tried the lens cap and landscape method, manual focus and a few "ticks" back after daytime experimenting, but it was just hit and miss. About the best I ever got from the fuji was this one
Fuji 602 lightning
The camera was capable, the lens was sharp enough but the focus was hamstrung. It frustrated me so much I got a dslr. As much as I loved the little fuji (great colour and good daylight performance) I have not picked it up in over 2 years.
I have a rough and dirty tute on my website HERE that has worked for me over the years.
Email me if you want more info on the fuji 602.
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#649733 - 26/07/2007 18:57 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
Zacy-G Offline
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thats pretty darn good. anyone know where i can get a good, cheap fisheye lens for my s5600?

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#649734 - 28/07/2007 11:28 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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snoop eBay Zacy, just don't buy anything thats posted from hong kong, taiwan or china, you will be disappointed, if you don't know the brand of something Google the part number to find out more.

other then that there's always the local camera shops, expensive but quality.

i was lucky enough to get a Glanz .75X video wide angle converter and on my little Oly on full wide it provides near fish-eye images..
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#649735 - 28/07/2007 18:22 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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Ok thank you for the tip shayne, going to have a quick look now laugh

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#649736 - 28/07/2007 23:35 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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I found this and should be ordering sometime this week laugh

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/42x-Wide-Angle-Fi...4QQcmdZViewItem

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#649737 - 29/07/2007 07:47 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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just remember to check the sellers feedback Zacy, have a look for someone thats purchased the same lens and even shoot off an email to someone thats purchased the same item from the same seller before you slap down your hard earned, ask about quality, if the images are crisp throughout the image, that sort of thing.

will send you a link in PM with the three most recent buyers of this item listed so that you can check it out with them, you will probably have to sign in to eBay to see this however.
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#649738 - 30/07/2007 22:47 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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yeah im gonna do that on wednesday when i can send user mail or whatever because i only registered last night. but i also got my paypal account up and running too...i want to get a fisheye before i go to Canberra for a week from 10-17 August laugh

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#649739 - 21/08/2007 19:44 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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OK, just getting all my manual setting inputted to my camera so I don't have to refer back to anything. And I don't know where cam's infinity is, if it can do that. ISO is at 100, f5.6, manual focus. I just took a couple of 15 second exposure looking into the kitchen which is like black and they came out good. then i decided to open the shutter walk through the kitchen and see what happened. but i wasnt on the screen? why? hwo will the camera be able to capture lightning then? does it automatically pick up any light and capture it or something? please explain.

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#649740 - 22/08/2007 01:22 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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Zacy the lightning is bright enough when it flashes to be recorded in the image. When you walked around the kitchen how fast did you walk? You have to walk very slow or stand still in it for a while to see any part of you as you need to be still enough for the light to bounce off you and be absorbed by the sensor long enough to show up anything (your iso speed, f stop and exposure time will affect how much time is needed to absorb the light) . Here's a good trick to get an idea how it will work with lightning. Do the same thing as before but this time walk around with a torch or wave it through the air in front of the camera when it's exposing. In the picture should be lines of light following where you walked.

A good way to get infinity focus is to put the camera on auto focus then focus on a distant street light and then switch back to manual focus after it locks on and don't change the focus again after this.

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#649741 - 22/08/2007 07:14 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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Ok, I will try that tonight. Will I have to zoom in to focus or not on a streetlight?

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#649742 - 22/08/2007 14:44 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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Should focus either way Zacy.

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#649743 - 22/08/2007 17:12 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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ok thanks kane. will it work without having to focus on a streetlight?

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#649744 - 22/08/2007 17:15 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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yeah the street light is just for night time when its hard to focus on a distant object and you want it set to infinity.

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#649745 - 22/08/2007 20:18 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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so u must have a streetlight for nighttime shots?

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#649746 - 22/08/2007 20:25 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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It just makes it easier if you don't have a infinity marker on the lens which most camera lenses don't except DSLR's, (though mine don't have them on my 350D lenses either).

In the dark its difficult to focus on any object in the distance to have the focus set to infinity and a street light in the distance just gives your camera something to lock on to.

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#649747 - 22/08/2007 20:36 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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oh ok. thanks for all the help kane. got msn i can add you on?

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#649748 - 28/08/2007 15:35 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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to whoever it was that mentioned marking the focus rings on the lenses to show infinity focus to make night time lightning photos easier thanks for the tip. Did that the other day and it works well. One thing i found is that my wide angle lens if focused manually to infinity before being turned off will be out of focus when turned on ( so i needed an "off" mark and an "on" mark. Anyone know why this would occur? i can only assume the camera defaults to a close focus when turned on.
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#649749 - 23/09/2007 09:25 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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ok, it seems I got the hang of it on my first attempt (last night) here are the results. Exposures varied from 15-8 secs.

don't be too harsh.

Really bright flash.


Distant CG :p


Simultaneous Distant CGs


Only part of a CC I saw or captured

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#649750 - 12/10/2007 21:22 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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(Copied from Breaking Weather thread for SE Qld/NE NSW October 5-12, 2007)

RE: Aperture settings for lightning photography.

Here's general rules that I use for myself:

Aperture around f/5.6 or 6.3. If lightning is exceptionally bright, I'll raise that to 7.1 or the next step up from that.

I have the ISO always at the lowest possible (ISO 100 for the 10D and 30D, can do ISO 50 on the higher end Canon DSLRs). This produces the cleanest images (higher ISO = more noise).

If the clouds are moving quickly, I'll reduce my maximum shutter speed to about 5 seconds (I use bulb mode of course, but I count in my head how long the shutter has been open). This reduces the chances of blurring or ghosting of clouds in your shot. Sometimes the ghosting can actually add drama to the photo, but yeah .. I like things to be "as they are" in the photo, rather than something unrealistic.

If there's a lot of in-cloud (CC) lightning, I increase the aperture (7.1, probably no higher than 11, too dark). This lets me have longer exposures without over-exposing the shots.

If the lightning is quite distant, or I'm at minimum aperture (lens dependent, usually around f/3.5-4.0), and the lightning isn't coming out in the shots bright enough, I'll up the ISO to 200, 250, or 320. Generally I try to avoid ISOs above this since they get a bit noisy (they're still good, but I like the absolute minimum noise level [Wink] )

In summary .. fixed white balance (daylight usually), and I'll modify ISO, aperture and shutter speed as variables to get photos with minimum blurring or ghosting, plus aiming for optimum exposure (not too bright, not too dark).

Hope that helps [Smile]


edit: it's probably also worth mentioning that higher apertures (bigger numbers, say f/13) give you a greater depth of field. That is, more objects around the area of focus will actually be in focus. You can test this out by putting your camera on a tripod, going out into the garden, taking a shot at f/2.8 (or whatever the lowest your lens does), then taking that same shot all the way up to f/22 or higher (f/32 on some lenses). Doing this really demonstrates the effect aperture has. It's this reason why I don't just use the minimum aperture on my lenses for taking photos (especially weather photos, portaits on the other hand actually benefit from the narrow depth of field - gives great background blur).

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Some other good points I've seen in this thread cover focus and the use of a tripod.

Tripod is essential, unless you're a surgeon, then you might be able to hold your camera still enough! wink

Focus is very tricky. I wish it was as simple as setting the lens to "infinity" focus. The reason why it isn't as simple as that, is a lot of lenses I've seen have a range of "infinity" focuses. This is to compensate for changes in atmospheric conditions (temperature, humidity etc), as far as I'm aware. Having objects at a distance is a great help, simply set the lens to auto focus, half press your shutter button, let the camera auto focus on the distant object, release the button, then flick the lens to manual focus. Out in the bush you might have to use the moon .. or manually set it and hope for the best smile

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#649751 - 12/10/2007 21:31 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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cheers lem laugh

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#649752 - 14/12/2007 14:42 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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thanks for puttin all ur info on here people, im gettin a S5700 ( fuji film ) for xmas and this thread is awesome to learn how to control all the features!
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#649753 - 27/03/2008 15:42 Re: Settings for Lightning Photography.
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<======gives self an uppercut...sometimes a little revision does wonders..., i know what i was doing wrong last night...lmao...hopefully i get a shot at round two tonite..
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