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Distant lightning storm at night

edited July 2012 Posted in » Canon T2i Forum
I would like to know the best way to capture images of a distant lightning storm at night where the lightning is putting on a breathtaking show. Please keep in mind I am a fresh newbie who gets lost after preset settings, but I want to learn. Would it be best to video and take pictures from within the video? Would the resolution hold up if you take a picture from the video? Thank you for your time and input. Peace.


  • edited July 2012
    What I do is switch the dial on the camera to "Tv" mode (shutter priority). ISO I leave at 200. Then, set the exposure time to something around 5 seconds (play with the exposure time yourself). Using an external shutter release (with the camera on a tripod of course), I click away hoping to catch some lightning strikes. I've caught some fantastic ones using this method.

    If you don't have an external shutter release, use the delay feature (set at 2 seconds) so you don't get blurry pictures.
  • edited July 2012
    I changed my avatar to show strike I caught during a storm last year.
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