Wanna see those lightnings in your photographs the cheaper and easier way? There’s no need to wait for a thunderstorm to capture one, simply follow these steps to see lightnings in an entire roll.
Yes, lightnings in an entire roll! But, we need to create one or probably a lot of them.
You need Adobe Photoshop for this tutorial. If you don’t have one installed in your computer, I can email you some lightnings. But, since you don’t want yours to be like other Lomographers’ lighting, you must try doing your own.
Create a new Photoshop Layer. I recommend using small file with low resolution because you cannot achieve the effects in larger.
Press letter “D” on your keyboard to set the foreground and background colors to the default Black and White respectively.
Click the GRADIENT tool (Shortcut: “G”), then drag your mouse from left to right of your layer.
On the navigator bar at the top, select FILTER →> RENDER →> DIFFERENCE CLOUDS. You won’t notice anything that looks like lightning yet. Inverse the Difference Clouds by pressing CTRL+I, now there are some vein-like white lines on the layer.
Adjust the levels by going to IMAGE —> ADJUSTMENTS —> LEVELS (Shortcut: CTRL+L) and drag the black leftmost triangle to the right, until you are satisfied by how you lightning look. You can also adjust the center triangle for better result.
Create a new layer above your lightning, by clicking the “Create a New Layer” at the bottom of the Layers palette. Click on your foreground color, which is currently black.
Then, select any colors that you like by clicking and dragging the cursor. Click “OK.”
Fill the new layer with the color you selected by pressing ALT+BACKSPACE in your Keyboard and set the layer to OVERLAY
Go back to your lightning layer. Click the BRUSH tool (Shortcut: “B”) and Press D to set your for ground color to black. Now, “clean” your thunder by brushing on those unwanted veins and areas.
Save your files and open it full screen. Turn off the lights and shoot an entire roll. rewind and reload the film for doubles.
Shoot outdoor using wide lenses on buildings to achieve a “realistic” effect. The Difference Clouds filter gives you different textures every time you apply it on a layer. Combine it to different gradient directions and you will surely have lightning storms.