My recent submission for the HDR Concert contained self made lightning.  I know I know, I should have used real lightning from a real picture, but believe it or not, it didn’t look right when I did.  So I did a quick Google search and found an awesome tutorial that I used for a jumping off point.  This tutorial was great for creating the lightning, but it kind of left me hanging when I went to incorporate it into my final composition.  After several painstaking minutes of fumbling, failing, and every other f word in between, I figured it out!

The following tutorial will not only show you how to make a lightning bolt it will show you how simple it is to incorporate it into any composition.  Take a look, fake some lightning and fool your friends… there were a lot of f words in this post…


Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer, he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it's all about the art and process synergy. He dives deep into complex topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside-the-box thinking so that you can use these tricks in your workflow today!
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