How to photograph lightning like a pro

How to photograph lightning
Lightning bolts over Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nikon D5000 DSLR with 18-55mm. 15 secs at f/8, ISO200. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Are you ready to go storm chasing? They’re technically tricky and potentially very dangerous, but what photographer doesn’t have lightning on their wish list of shots to shoot? 

An exciting if occasional niche of landscape photography, here’s everything you need to know to photograph lightning: 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment. 

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