How to capture a lightning time lapse?

Sep 1, 2022 1 min read

When shooting a lightning time lapse, the most crucial thing to keep in mind is to stay safe.

Capture the lightning in the room where the camera can be placed against the window, is the safest option. Alternatively, you can use a waterproof solution to place your camera anywhere in the rain.

Storm captured in Croatia 

If you would like to use the ATLI EON to capture a lightning time lapse, here are some tips on the best camera configurations: 

  • 💡 Mount your camera on a tripod in a safe location and switch to manual mode.
  • 💡 Set the ISO to the lowest setting possible. ISO 100 - ISO 400 should be sufficient.
  • 💡 Set the interval to 1.5s to 2s. 
  • 💡 Set the shutter speed to 1.4 seconds. The shutter speed is determined by the amount of light outside and the intensity of lightning strikes. The slower shutter speed lets in more light, so the lightning strikes are more visible.

Capture a good lightning time lapse isn't as difficult as you might think, it just takes a lot of patience. And we hope this guide can give you a clear vision on how to optimize the cemera for a stunning lightning storm time lapse.