Two Pieces of Gear to Improve your storm photos and videos


Hi everyone, we’re back with another camera tip.

Today’s video is two easy to obtain and universal pieces of gear that will change your storm photos and videos for the better. Both of these are easy to obtain and will offer a quick and easy improvement to your photos and videos this season.

The first piece of gear are these graduated neutral density filters from formatt hitech. So why filters? If you are watching this, you are most likely shooting on a budget with your interchangeable lens camera. So you probably don’t have a top of the line full frame with a huge dynamic range. These graduated filters will add two or three stops of dynamic range to your photos and videos without any real quality loss. I’ve been shooting with filters for years now and I can’t recommend them enough, they’re the ultimate equalizer. You’ll need to buy a filter holder and adjustment ring that matches your lenses but I’ve provided a link to buy everything below.

The second piece of gear is this incredible microphone from takstar. I was skeptical when I saw someone recommending this cheapo mic, which comes in at a hefy $25. Their claims that it runs close to microphones that are a couple of hundred dollars had me skeptical to the max. But I figured, hey why not. And let’s just say now, I’m a believer. If you want to gobble this thing up, check out the link to buy below.

Buy these two pieces of gear and you will not be sorry. You’ll improve your storm photos and videos instantly and you won’t break your bank account. Capture something incredible this spring won’t you? We’ll see you, next time.

Formatt Hitech Filter Holder

Formatt Hitech Adapter Rings

Formatt Hitech Grad ND Filters

Takstar Mic

Takstar Mic Windscreen

Storm Chase Case | Incredible Supercell Along the OK/TX Border | May 29, 2018

Sometimes in storm chasing, there are multiple targets to choose from. This can create opportunity or anguish for storm chasers as they try to ascertain which target is for them.

May 29, 2018 was a great example of this, with a outflow boundary as one target and the dryline as another (there was a third target on this day we aren’t talking about that was in the same region and a very successful one). On one hand, outflow boundaries are incredible things that should never be ignored (but sometimes passed on). On the other, a big environment on the dryline with isolated storms looking likely is a storm chasers’ dream. Which do you pick?

Here are some key lessons we’ll talk about in this video:

1)Multiple targets can work out in a day, and you have to be comfortable with that. In storm chasing, you can’t see every storm and every tornado, its a lot like baseball in that even if you chase the right days you may not see the good stuff. Its all about sustaining success long-term to allow luck to be on your side.

2)Big instability (CAPE) days can do some incredible things. This is doubly true when there’s just enough shear for supercells. Oftentimes in late May and June, supercells will form in these environments and take hard right (deviant) turns. This maximizes the shear a storm can use. Similarly, cloud bases can be lower than what the ambient environment originally projects as these cells make their own environments.

3)If ever in doubt, isolated storms are the best storms.

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Using Soundings to Anticipate Storm Modes/Behavior | Storm Chase Forecasting

This lesson is built off of the groundwork of other lessons in Titan U, so before we get to what we’re covering in this one, we want to make sure you have the links you need in case this video is running out and ahead of you.

First, the Intro to Skew-Ts lessons can be found here:

Second a super basic hodographs 101 is here:

This lesson was built to hopefully teach two things.

1)To give an overview of some of the tools in the commonly displayed soundings on the more used model websites


2)To create a lesson that teaches how hodograph shape and soundings can inform storm mode in chase forecasts.

Both of these are very complex topics and we only begin to scratch the surface of the details, but in the true Titan U spirit we wanted to ensure this video was digestible for newcomers to weather observation as well as folks who might have had a couple of years under your belt.

The good news about soundings is that they can inform a lot about what is coming on any given severe weather day, which makes them a powerful tool. They are best utilized as part of a holistic approach to a forecast, but they are also really great at anticipating how storms might behave as a storm day goes on.

And after you watch this, you should check out Hodographs and Storm Photogenic-ness here:

Storm Chase Case | Chester, OK Tornadoes | April 16, 2017

For our second ever video of this type, we’re taking a look at a day that would challenge any chaser to pick out the right target. This is another Slight risk/2% tornado risk with the dryline in the Texas Panhandle being outlined for a supercell risk.

However, because some might call us renegades, we opted for a different target in NW Oklahoma: an outflow boundary.

As you may know if you’ve followed our thoughts on forecasting in the past, outflow boundaries are our muse — but they’re not magic. When outflow boundaries work, you can end up with a tornadopalooza. When they don’t, you can end up with a mess of semi-organized storms with no hope of seeing anything worthwhile.

In this storm chase case, we’re going to look at outflow boundaries and when its a good idea to target them. Also, we’re taking a look at other forecast considerations such as dewpoints, temp-dewpoint spreads, and the impact of morning storms on a target.