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Updated on February 27, 2014

Thunderstorm Photography

Thunderstorms usually frighten people, from young children to adults. However, when some people hear a thunder, it means it is time to get their cameras and starting shooting.

Taking photos to Thunderstorms is a hobby for many people around the world. The colors, the strength, the light, all this attracts us.

I'm going to share with you some tricks and advice to take good photos to Thunderstorms.

And don't forget to participate on the Duel. I want to know if you're a fan or afraid of Thunderstorms.

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I love Thunderstorms.

Because sometimes nature can't handle the pressure.

Because sometimes the sky explodes.

How to Get a Good Thunderstorm Photo

Photographing Thunderstorms is considered one of the most difficult things in photography. Not because of the skills required but also because of the unpredictability of this natural phenomenon. You never know when it is going to happen and if you're going to be able to photograph it from where you are.

Taking a photo to a Thunderstorm has some tricks. You won't be trying to shoot when you see the thunder - that would be impossible. The trick is to choose a good place (pick a place that looks good even without the lightning) and open the shutter. Then, you just have to wait for the thunder. Once that happens, and the lightning occurs within your camera's view, you just have to close the shutter and go for another photo.

The exposure time should be between 20 to 30 seconds. You should use the widest lens you have to catch as much sky as you can in the photo and try to keep the horizon as low as possible.

The rest of the job is afterwards with the photo editing. This is were you are going to make all the miracles happen. You can make your lightning stand out more from the photo and change the colors to make it more lively.

Another trick is to stack your thunderstorm photos. That can be done when you have an active storm and have a lot of good shoots of lightnings. With the Bridge option (available on Photoshop), you just have to copy the photos on top of each other. And the Bridge will do all the work itself.


Photographing Thunderstorms is all about patience!

Be ready to shoot anytime, at any hour, anywhere.

More Thunderstorms Photos

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Some Good Digital Cameras

Important Material

One of the most important thing to take a good photo to a Thunderstorm is a Tripod. That is going to help you to get stable photos. You just have to choose the correct position of the camera and take the photos.

Other equipment that can give you a lot of help is a Shutter Release (like the one in the photo). With this equipment you just need to click the button on the remote to take a photograph. Make sure that you buy one that matches with your camera.

Choosing a good spot is crucial to get a good photo.


The thunder noise occurs because of the many electricity shoots that happen when the lightning strikes. That electricity passes through the air and causes vibrations. And the thunder is caused by that vibration (every sound is a result of one vibration).

The thunder always comes a few seconds after the lightning because of the difference between the speed of light and sound. The light travels much more quicker so the thunder comes after the lightning.

By calculating the seconds between the lightning and the sound of the thunder, you can calculate how far the thunderstorm is.

You can make your calculations here.

Thunder Sound


You must keep in mind that once someone gets struck by a lightning, the chances of surviving are almost zero.

So, has you probably won't survive to a strike, you must be aware of some important tips to be safe while shooting.

To take good Thunderstorms photos you have to be outside your house, so you have to keep away from trees, tractors, bicycles and farm machinery.

Try to avoid being on the top of hills or in open field, otherwise you're going to be an easy target for lightnings.

Be extra careful with all this advice if you are less than 10 km away from the Thunderstorm.

For the more frightened people

If you are one of those people that almost panic when you hear a thunder, I have some special advice for you.

You just have to keep calm and try to remain inside a building (home, at work, etc.).

While you are inside, during the thunderstorm, you just can't:

- Take a bath;

- Use the water tap;

- Keep away from metal objects;

- Keep away from plugs;

- Avoid using the telephone.

If you follow these rules, nothing bad will happen to you. Just try to relax and keep your mind off the thunders. You know that they can not hurt you.

Just a little question

Do you like Thunderstorms?

Leave a comment :)

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      Namsak 3 years ago

      I remember as a child watching a huge thunderstorm late at night from my bedroom - with the window open! I have since found out that this isn't a wise thing to do! LOL

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      Wow! What great photos. Bravo!

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      asereht1970 4 years ago

      The title of your lens got my attention. I like thunderstorms, but only in pictures. I am afraid of them, very afraid in fact. Great lens.

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      Dhookraj Singh 4 years ago

      Great photography.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I think thunderstorms are absolutely gorgeous. When I was a child the neighborhood kids would run for cover in an old garage to watch the storms. Then when my daughter was growing up she and I would snuggle on my bed to watch the storm through my large balcony window. She loves the storms now too.

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      countrypeople 4 years ago

      Beautiful pictures!

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for sharing your great photos of thunderstorms. Even though I'm not a lover of thunderstorms I admire your photography and tenacity in obtaining the shots.

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      Marianne Gardner 4 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Great photos of lightning. Interesting lens.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      It's helpful to have your tips on opening the shutter and then just waiting for the flash.

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      Enda McLarnon 4 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

      Some great pictures here and there is something rather daunting about the power and beauty of thunderstorms

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      Valerie Bloom 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This is really interesting! I never thought about how to photograph lightning before.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Great Pictures !

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      georgepmoola2 4 years ago

      You can't beat a good thunderstorm, especially with lots of lightning!!

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      Max Globe 4 years ago

      WOW! impressive!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've never tried to photograph a thunderstorm but I really enjoyed seeing your photos, and reading your lens.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. I have seen many Thunderstorm photos and liked them but it never struck me how were people really shooting them. This one made me think about it . Thanks for that.

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      billymar 4 years ago

      Congratulations! Awesome photos! I love thunderstorms too!

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      Snakesmum 4 years ago

      We used to get terrific thunderstorms during the monsoon in Darwin, but I never got a photo of the lightening.

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      QualifiedExpert 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips!! We have a lot of thunderstorms here in the summer, now I know how to take a good quality picture of them. Thanks again.

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Thunderstorms are awesome. You have some marvelous pictures here.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      You have really had a lot of success with this feature on lightning and thunderstorms. Congratulations!

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      tmsmith19 4 years ago

      Beautiful pictures!

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I think the equipment needed to photograph the lightening is a little too sophisticated for me. So I'll just enjoy the memories. Well done!

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you sooo much :D

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @anonymous: Thak you :D

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      Wonderful photos. Great lens. Bang! Crash Boom! Click! Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo, you are off to a great start!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      As a Mom of a budding professional photographer, I must say you all are an adventurous lot. Still what gorgeous photos. Pinned to my photography board, as well as "Squidoo Lenses Worth Blessing" to give you a little extra good luck in your journeys.

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      CornellMarCom LM 4 years ago

      This has been a great lens. I really enjoyed it and love thunderstorms. Thanks!

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      Good suggestions for getting pictures, we don't get that many thunder storms in the UK so I don't think I will be trying to get my own pictures but I do paint them from images on the internet

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      qikey1 lm 4 years ago

      I am on the fence about the 'love' of thunderstorms. We have had some pretty big ones these days with a lot of flooding. If I am at home in bed I love them- when I am not in a sheltered place- not so much! I never knew the technique for taking pics of them though. I would love to try it one day. Great idea for a lens :)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      Don't get on the phone during a storm. My neighbors phone was hit and it completely melted on the wall. Lucy she was not using it.

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      Love thunderstorms - love riding my bike in them :-)

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      Great pictures and great lens! I'm a thunderstorm fan!

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      alickbret 4 years ago

      Nice view!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Great lens, thanks for the tips!

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      fifinn 4 years ago

      very beautiful thunder view :)

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @golfspice: Thank you and good luck.

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @FrancesWrites: Good luck, they will look great over a bay.

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @girlfriendfactory: LOL I guess not.

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @Meganhere: That was what I searched on the internet. And what I was told at school. Maybe it is a bit of both.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      My dad told me that the thunder noise is caused by the air heated by the lightning hitting the cold air. I'm confused now.

      Awesome photos.

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Great photos. Lightnings look like veins..

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      girlfriendfactory 4 years ago

      Great pictures! I wish I could catch some but right now all I have is my iPhone and it just doesn't quite do it! lol

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      Great pictures and good tips. I'll have to give it a try this summer and see if I can get shots of lightning over the bay.

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      golfspice 4 years ago

      I like the idea of thunderstorm photography. If I ever get the chance I will give it a try. You have some good images and tips here.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thanks for sharing these wonderful photos of lightning. Love them.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      My mom has a fantastic pic from Florida years ago. I love thunderstorm photos!

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      Stanley Green 4 years ago from Czech Republic

      I've never tried taking a pictureof a thunder lightning... You have wonderful photos here!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great tip for taking photos of lightning.

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      Bexley 4 years ago

      Great selection of "lightning" photos and tips!

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @blestman lm: Thank you :)

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      Got used to thunderstorms as I worked in the wilderness. They give me such a sense of awe. Thanks for this lens. I love your photos and tips.

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @mel-kav: Thanks :D

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Great lens - great tips on how to photograph lightning. Thanks for sharing.

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @sierradawn lm: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed :)

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      Awesome! I so enjoyed getting to listen to the thunder here. I love lighting and pictures of lightning---there is so much excitement and energy in them. I can feel all of that electricity buzzing around this lens!

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @LeannNicole: Thank you :)

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      LeannNicole 4 years ago

      awesome pictures!

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @opatoday: Thanks :)

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      Just Amazing Piciures

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @darkflowers: Thank you :)

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I love your photos and editing, great work!

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @RuralFloridaLiving: Thank you :)

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos. Thunderstorms can be spectacular, can't they!

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @esmonaco: Thank you :)

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I like all the photos great job Thanks

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @DANCING COWGIRL: That's terrible! :O

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @darkflowers: Thank you ;D

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      Good thing that you included the safety advice. Actually I was struck by lightening as it came through the telephone line I was talking on.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Lovely Lens Fufurinha! Great photos too :)

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you a lot for your opinion! :)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've seen some amazing thunderstorm pictures on the news, during the weather (viewers are encouraged to send in their pictures) but I've never captured one myself. Love the ones you've provided here! Love the great, simple tip for taking photographs and capturing the lightning strike - makes good sense - Thanks!


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