Who better to tell you how to shoot some epic weather photos than those that get theirs published in National Geographic.
National Geographic have always had the most spectacular images, the most amazing angles and the most picturesque scenes of any photographic publication. Even their motion footage is out of this world. So if you want to learn how to shoot weather images National Geographic Style (yeah I went there, I bet you can see the YouTube video now can’t you) then you better head over and check out these 12 amazing images along with the some tips from their creators.
[quote]Be patient, switch to manual mode, and pack a tripod. This photo, taken in Kansas, was one that I spent months pursuing for a magazine article. It ended up as the lead picture. When shooting storms and lightning, you never know when and where they’ll appear next, so you have to have patience as well as luck.
To shoot a successful lightening photo you need to set your camera on a tripod and set the mode to manual. You might also want to enable the mirror lock-up function and use a cable release to minimize camera shake. Adjust the f-stop to 8 or 11 to ensure your exposure is between 5 and 30 seconds, since you want to open the shutter and wait for the lightning bolts to appear in the sky. Since I never know where in the frame they’ll appear, I suggest you focus manually on infinity and include a lot of sky in your composition.
In this case, it was a blessing that it was late in the day when the storm was approaching, allowing for the lightning bolt to stand out against the dark and ominous clouds. As a final tip, be sure not to stand under trees or near metal poles for safety reasons. —Cotton Coulson