This isn't a tips page but a section where I show some of my early photographs and criticise what is wrong with them and say how they could have been improved.
This is my very first lightning photo. It was taken in 1991, when I was only 13 years old. Obviously there is a lot which could be done to improve this photo. The lightning is obscured by trees. So moving to a better position would have been good - though fairly difficult at the time considering my license and car wouldn't appear on the scene for a few years yet and my parents weren't tolerant enough - not at 3am in the morning anyway! A bit of zooming in wouldn't have gone astray (given that you had a clear view of the storm) because there is a lot of wasted black space in this photo. Also a longer exposure time would have been good to capture some detail in the foreground and possibly to capture more strikes.
These three photos were from an incredible storm that went north of Cowell. The photos were taken about a fortnight after my first, so still in 1991. If only I had access to transport and the amount of knowledge I have now. Still the use of a zoom lens even from where I was would have enhanced the photos. The top photo must have been exposed for a reasonable time to capture all the bolts (I don't record exposure times- and can't remember back that far) but it is still dark, therefore I believe I would have had to small an aperture, probably an aperture of 8 or 11 which the books that I had read recommended, whereas an aperture of 4 or 5.6 would have been more suitable.
These photos were my third lot ever, I don't know if they were taken in late 1991 or early 1992, either way I was fairly happy when I saw the bottom shot.
There was not much I could do with this storm. It wasn't very active which made choosing a spot to zoom in on fairly difficult. The bottom picture could have been exposed for a bit longer.