Some tips for photographing lightning:

• Use manual focus. Instead of allowing your camera to search for something to focus on in the dark, focus on the sky manually.

• Use manual shutter and aperture. Choose a slow shutter speed– try a 30 second exposure– and a wide aperture.

• The sky will probably take up most of your frame but try to include something interesting in the foreground, if possible.

For more tips, check out How to Photograph Lighting by Peter Carey at