March 15, 2017 at 7:03PM

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How to simulate a lightning storm?

Hi
I am going to shoot a few outdoor scenes that takes place during a thunderstorm.

My question is" How can I simulate the lightning from the thunderstorm in a cheap and easy way?
I wanna shoot it "in-camera", so I am not looking for some "after effect-sulution"

Best regards.

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Wait for the storm to arrive :)

March 18, 2017 at 11:30AM

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Dibyendu Joardar
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Unless you pop out a strobe, or flash, the only other way is some "After Effects solution".

March 18, 2017 at 8:19PM, Edited March 18, 8:19PM

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Craig Douglas
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March 20, 2017 at 8:56AM, Edited March 20, 8:56AM

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Josef Lorenzo
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New to your site here and I know your looking at this in a motion film sense but thought ild throw this out there. In still photos if you take b&w film and before you process it (by Hand), you RIP the film. The static charge in the film will create lightning bolts down the emulsion of the film.

March 20, 2017 at 9:54AM, Edited March 20, 9:54AM

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Brian,
do you mean rip :-). Man imagine ripping a exposed film spool in the darkroom! That's a lot of work, only passion can undertake.

March 21, 2017 at 11:31AM

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Dibyendu Joardar
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Car battery, wooden scissor to shortcut the wires.
Wear protection and rubber gloves and shoes. Stay away from water.

I believe something like that was done in the old days.

March 22, 2017 at 2:50PM

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WalterBrokx
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If you don't want to use any post work, you'll have better luck shooting your scene primarily in close ups and medium shots and using lighting (strobes, flashes, etc) to suggest the larger storm. If you shoot anything wider you're gonna need a TON of light.

Let the sound design sell the size of the storm. If needed, you can also use cutaways to footage actual of lightning to seal the suggestion of a big thunderstorm.

March 23, 2017 at 2:29PM, Edited March 23, 2:29PM

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Laura A
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