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Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and taking a peak.  Now I never claim to know everything, or be perfect, or even being able to spell!  I work really hard to not only be a good photographer, but have a personal connection to my clients and understanding what they want (especially when they might not know).  In addition I love to help others improve their own pictures.  Let's face one can afford a personal photographer to follow them around 24/7 (but if you do know someone give them my name!). 

My blog has a collection of advise, current photo experiences and the personal updates.  My new 2012 series (TT- Tipsy Thursday) is a combo of all kinds of questions I've received, things I've seen & even those mistakes I've made in my years of shooting.  I'm ALWAYS in need to know what other people want to hear about, so please email me with ANY suggestions.  Again thanks for stoping by and hopefully you enjoy!

Thursday, September 06 2012

Tipsy Thursday #34

I'm not too comfortable with shooting lightning so I even found these tips helpful.  This is my next fun project and hope you too can have some fun with these lightning photo tips:

* You don't want your camera to be in your hand when shooting lightning. You need a sturdy tripod, as well as a cable/remote shutter release device and bulb mode (which already comes with most DSLR cameras). Bulb mode can keep your shutter open for as long as the button is held down, which gives you ample time to aim at the sky and capture the streaks of lightning.

* Focus on a particularly dark point in the sky or an interesting horizon and wait patiently for Mother Nature to do her thing. You can't plan when lightning is going to hit or precisely where, but by positioning yourself optimally, you will at least be able to take the shot when you sense the lightning is about to strike.

* Don't get carried away with the shutter release and hold it open for too long or ambient light will ruin the contrast of your shot. You only want enough light to give the clouds some shape and texture. Use your judgement as to when the next strike will occur and keep the shutter open for no more than five to ten seconds. 

* Set your camera to a small aperture setting (f/16 or higher) to maximize the chances of your distant lightning shot to be fully in focus.

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