>It would help us help you if you asked a specific question. > >What is it you need help with?
Well, I would like someone to please explain to me how I set my D7000 to take photos of lightning. I had a point and shoot where all I had to do was set it to leave the shutter open for a second or several seconds and it did all the work for me. Now, with so many setting's, I dont know if I do something with the bulb or aperture or ISO, etc. Still trying understand what everything means.
Well there are a couple of approaches. One is to buy a product that automatically triggers the shutter when the is a lightning flash. One product that does that is called the Lightning Bug form MK Controls. I have one and it works well.
The other approach is to use a slow shutter speed and hope you get lucky. Probably the best approach is to use as long a shutter speed as possible or even the bulb setting. You will need to set your exposure for ambient light and use some trial and error. Try a 30 second exposure at f/18 and the lowest ISO your camera permits then adjust accordingly. From a practical standpoint you will lengthen the exposure if it is at night and shorten it at dusk. You'll have to guess on composition so shoot wide.
With some cameras you can set up interval shooting for a 30 second exposure every minute. That gives you preyy good odds of getting lucky.
Sun 11-Mar-12 10:42 PM | edited Sun 11-Mar-12 11:02 PM by mjhach
All excellent replies, esp: Erics idea of interval shutter operation for 30 seconds at a time over a period of 30 minutes. I had a D80 that didn't have that option so I did it manually, which meant standing outside for the duration, but I got some pretty nice shots. See the included photo I did with the D80. I have a D7000 now.
By the way, moderators, what program do you use to open the EXIF file? I'd like to be able to do that. Attachment#1 (jpg file)
Welcome to the community. There are several sites you can go on that will give you settings. NikonUSA has such a section in Learn & Explore; it covers most everything that you will need. Good luck and post some shots.
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