Originally Posted by Shotshell
So I'm curious, whats the process you use for shooting lightning? I've always been interested. But never got around to learning about it.
Years ago, I got some incredible shots of lightning with a film camera. I used the B exposure (open as long as you have the button pushed) and the F-stop almost closed.
The thing that made it work for me was to count the time between strokes of lightning. I would see a flash where I was aimed, then start counting. If I got to 20 for the previous one, I would count to 18 and open the shutter. Most of the time, I caught a lightning stroke within a second or two, and then I released the shutter.
I think lightning needs a certain amount of time to build up the charge. If you wait until it is almost ready, based on prior events, you can catch some good shots.
A tripod or a steady rest is a must. I used the porch rail and some props back then.
Good Luck, and post what you catch!