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How Many of You Have Tried Lightning Photography?

Key Contributor

As a native Californian I need to do a bit of traveling to find good lightning opportunities. Grand Canyon National Park is one of those great locations that during the monsoon season (mid-June - mid September) can offer a lot of opportunities for lightning.

Lightning Striking South Rim copy.jpg

I captured this frame with my Sony a7RIV + The Lightning Trigger IV (best trigger I have used).

The key is to track the cells and most importantly, stay safe. It helps to have a polarizer on your lens (I used the Sony 24-70mm GM) and frame an area where you see rain curtains.

I dropped my ISO to 50 and set my aperture at f/16 to allow a 1/4th sec shutter.

Sonys' are awesome as they have some of the fastest shutter lag times of any camera on the market.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Prime Creator

What are your tips for staying safe? I really want to do this, but out on the prairie, there is very little shelter. Do you stay have the camera outside and then trigger from shelter? 

I don't Caroline. First off I use a lightning app to see where the lightning is firing. Lightning can jump up to 5 miles so I try to be sure I am far away and not right in an approaching cell. If I was out on a prairie, I would set the camera on a tripod outside the car with the trigger then get back inside. I would not be out in the open 🙂

Prime Creator

I shot some lighting out a plane window last week. Captured 4k video with my Xperia 5II and then did frame grabs.


Xperia 5 II 

That is a great way to do it and seemingly getting more and more practical Tony. PMR is doing it with sports!