The beauty of Mother Nature is really on display here in Arizona during the monsoon, but that doesn't mean trying to take a picture of it is easy.
Sometimes your smartphone can make you feel anything but smart when you're trying to take a picture of the weather.
Professional photographer and storm chaser Mike Olbinski has some tips.
Olbinski says newer smartphones have a slow motion feature available for taking video. He advises using that feature to shoot lightning. You can clip that video down to show a strike, or even scroll through frame by frame to grab a screen capture of a great lightning strike.
Another easy fix for taking better pictures is to simply touch your screen to focus and balance the lighting before taking a picture. He says some people don't know this feature exists, and it will easily make pictures at sunset or sunrise much better.
Finally, Olbinski advises getting a great photo editing app for your phone. His favorite is called VSCO. It's free and can help drop the exposure, adjust contrast or add a filter.
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