Photo Feature By Dr. Roger Sauterer
How to Photograph Lightning
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Dr. Roger Sauterer's lightning photos have "sparked"
a lot of interest and questions. We asked him to reveal his technique.
Here's what he shared:
The lightning shots are time expossures....generally
I set the camera at F 9.5 (for really distant storms) to about F 22
for close-in or active storms. Exposure times vary...the hard part is
to catch bolts without overexposing the clouds themselves due to internal
lightning. That's why I prefer to use the slower f-stops such as 19
and 22 in many cases. Also, don't get greedy....capturing a few good
bolts in an image is enough....close the shutter and go on to the next...this
helps prevent over-exposed clouds. The big thing about lightning photography:
It's 5% composition, 5% technical skill, and 90% dumb luck!!! Check
these out.....They were taken a few hours after sunset....that srtorm
was a monster!!
Night storm, Sanibel Island.
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