In this second of three videos, I talk about the equipment I use to photograph lightning. These tools will help you easily capture photographs of lightning in the daytime or nighttime. And I include some useful tips on lightning photography and safety too.
While shooting on a sunny day is nice, I also love shooting in “bad” weather. I’ve photographed in rain, lightning storms, snow, wind, fog, blowing dust and sand and more. All of these weather conditions really add an interesting element to your photographs.
As long as you have the proper clothes to protect yourself, and covering for your gear, you can have a great time.
These photos were taken near Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona. It had been raining before we got there, and rained off and on all day.
The only scary part of the day was when a large aspen tree fell. We heard it snapping branches on other trees as it fell, followed by a loud thud as it crashed onto the ground. We never did find the tree, but it was close. Nature always keeps things interesting, so stay on your toes.
This photograph was taken at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, https://btarboretum.org. It’s a great place to photograph plants, trees, birds, flowers, old buildings and some great scenery.
I liked the patina on the bell, and the texture of the rocks. The shadows from tree branches also added a touch of mystery. I used the rule of thirds to get good composition, and to make blank space on the right. This space can be used by a business to add text to the image for a sales or marketing campaign, or in a magazine article.
If composition allows, take several photos of your subject, each with space on a different side. And shoot both horizontally and vertically. This increases the usability for any potential buyer.
Here are some sunset photos I took at Laguna Beach, California. What I like about the first photo is how it’s a little blown out on the left. It gives the appearance of the photo fading into the distance.
Do you remember the photo of sunglasses I posted a couple weeks ago? That shot was taken a little to the right of this image.
The second photo uses water on the sand to reflect the colors of the sunset. This brings the colors of the sunset into more of the photo.
When shooting sunsets, don’t stop after the sun goes below the horizon. Some of my best sunset shots, especially at the Grand Canyon, were done after the sun has set. The sky can really light up, especially if there are clouds. And remember to look all around to see what the light is doing both in front of you and behind you.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments about these photos, or photography in general.
I have some great news. People have been asking me if my photographs are available on products, like T-shirts, mugs, phone cases, etcetera, and now they are. I have created a shop on RedBubble at www.redbubble.com/people/jeffcolburn/shop
Here you will find many products with my photographs on them, and I will be adding more photographs too. Head on over and take a look. If you don’t see the photograph you’re looking for, let me know. I can always add it to my shop.