I often get asked how I do my lightning pictures so I thought that I would take the time to show my current set-up. I have it tweaked so that it works really well. With this set-up I can shoot a storm and follow it across southern Alberta without a problem.
- I run two cameras at a time usually set on different areas of the sky – sometimes even with different ISO, Shutter speed and aperture to get different effects
- Camera settings (ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture) will vary with the lightning
- I like this set-up over using the tripod as it is safer and I am able to move to follow the storm easily with minimal packing
- I also have a second vehicle for shooting from, if I am doing lightning from this unit I find a good spot and shoot the storm as it passed, it is designed to get to an area and shoot not to follow. It is a 4×4 truck and it has a camper on the back, with this I can go in the back and shoot with all the comforts of home, and more!
Forgot to add – Shut the vehicle off when shooting, pictures will be sharper!
This is the inside of the second vehicle. On the left past the closet door is a large window (out of this shot) that I shoot from. I have done a number of animal pictures this way as after a few minutes the animals don’t even notice you. With photographing lightning or storms it is GREAT as I can be inside and have everything I need and more!