Getting amazing shots of lightning storms often takes a lot of planning, patience, and long exposure equipment. Photographers who apply these techniques are like photographic storm chasers improving their odds of getting the best possible image at a specific location. But what if you just happen to get caught in a lightning storm while out shooting and you're not prepared?
This is often the case for me. Although I pay a lot of attention to the weather in my planning, I rarely think about photographing lightning storms until I see the first bolt. At which point I get excited and then quickly lose interest because it starts raining, I realize I don't have a tripod or cable release, and the storm moves in quickly making flash floods an issue. This was the case just a few days ago here in Boston when a massive lightning storm moved through my area early in the morning. It put an end to the test shoot I was doing but I also left wishing I had brought a tripod or something to protect me from the rain so I could shoot the lightning that was so close.
Enter Pierre T. Lambert's newest video showing his tips for getting great lightning images at almost the same level of preparedness and conditions as my scenario. Lambert is a talented travel photographer whose YouTube channel is full of great tips and tricks for getting the most out of just about any situation you might find yourself in. This one is no different as he found himself getting stormed out on location in Utah's beautiful Zion National Park and still managing to get some excellent images from the storm using his five tricks.
Do you have an unexpected storm story that resulted in an amazing photograph? What are your tips and tricks to getting better lighting shots?