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    Lightning

    Went outside with my DSLR to try and photograph lightning, and not a flash from the sky. Went out about 15 minutes later, but only had my iPhone and managed to get this







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    John Blackburn

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    Amazing -
    I believe you can also make a good phone call on them as well

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    Well Done John And good on you for having a go and posting here

    I shoot with Canon And Olympus Cameras



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    I so want to have a go at this but have no idea where to even begin

    Not a bad shot using your phone
    Last edited by Cricket; 23-11-2015 at 10:37pm.

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    When I was out with my dslr there was a distinct lack of lightning. When I was out there with the iPhone, there was one extensive bolt that took seconds to traverse the clouds. Just long enough for me to point the iphone at the sky and take the photo. So this was probably a lucky one. I think you'd do better if you had a better view of the storm than from my front yard. By the time the storm is close enough to see over the trees it is getting rather close for comfort...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cricket View Post
    I so want to have a go at this but have no idea where to even begin
    Tripod and remote release can be handy. Use bulb mode (that's what Cannon call it). This let's you keep the shutter open as long as you you have your finger on the remote button. (you can do it with the cameras shutter button but remote release is better.) Keep shutter open until the lightning happens. Keep shutter open even longer and you may get more than one bolt like the third photo here ..... http://www.ausphotography.net.au/for...Lake-lightning
    Settings used for that photo, ISO200, f/9 and shutter was only open for 10 secs(a good storm)
    Hope that helps.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza View Post
    Amazing -
    I believe you can also make a good phone call on them as well
    Wouldn't mind if there was a phone in the next DSLR I buy. In this day and age surely they can do that.

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    One of my problems is my location doesn't actually give me a very big view of the sky. But I guess if I did have a clearer view of the sky, we would cop the brunt of far more storms. Touching the shutter button on the camera while using B mode is invariably a bad idea... unless your camera is bolted to something heavy enough that a touch heavy enough to fully depress the shutter button will not budge what your camera is bolted to. (every time I've tried that, I always end up with that nice set of trails on everything that you get when the camera moves with the shutter open...)

    if your camera has wifi, most manufacturers produce smart phone apps that enable you to use your phone as a remote shutter.

    For nikon camers, look for WMU on AppStore or Google Play....

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    great pic with the phone .. ive sat out waiting for such a pic with my camera and it never seems to be and yet put it away and there flashes everywhere .luck of the draw

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