Using you digital camera, I will teach you how to take amazing pictures of lightning. All you need is a camera that you can change to exposure time. I have and love a Cannon PowerShot SD900. Its exposure can be set to up to 15 seconds.
Step 1: Setting the Exposure
In order to take photos of lightning you need to determine how long you cameras exposure can be set, or if it even has the exposure setting. An exposure setting on a camera is telling the camera shutter how long to stay open. The longer the shutter is open, the more light that can be let in. Remember: it must be dark outside to take lighting photos like this, because you are letting light in and during the day the picture will just turn out white due to alot of light being let in.
Normally, when looking to find this exposure setting, you will need to change your cameras setting into Manual Mode. Then go into the menu and serch for where it says something like shutter speed or long exposure.
Step 2: Picture Time!
Okay, now that you have set up your exposure setting it is time to take some cool pictures!
Here are some things you will need:
-Tripod (you will need your camera to be completely still during the time the shutter is open)
-Lightning Storm (Uhh...duh!)
-Patience (it may take some time to get the picture, I suggest setting a custom timer and telling you camera to take 10 pictures with the exposure on)
-Shelter (or something so your camera dose not get wet or damaged!)
Step 3: Exposure Can Also Be Used for Other Fun.
You may have seen people "draw with light" well now you know how to. All you need is a flashlight! Just simply walk in front of the camera when you are taking the picture and "draw" with the flashlight!