(Lori Grace Bailey photo)
(Lori Grace Bailey photo)

We want to see your monsoon photos. The NABUR with the best storm photo wins a $20 gift card to Culver's .

Storm photographer Lori Grace Bailey has been nice enough to judge this contest. Submissions are due by Saturday, July 31 at 4 p.m. Lori is the final and only judge of the winner.

Check out her tips on taking beautiful storm photos below, and reply to this post with your photo submissions.

If you're interested in watching my full video interview with Lori, it can be found here.

Good luck NABURs!

Safety First

"I do want to always mention you want to make sure you're safe when you're doing this," Bailey said. "First and foremost, I like to tell people that you can capture a storm from the comfort of your home or the comfort of your car. That's a very safe place to be in, even if you're just driving; pull over in a park when you watch the storm."

Using an affordable camera is perfectly OK

"Even a simple DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera) - this is my baby, by the way, this is a Sony mirrorless camera - but even the ones you can buy at Walmart or Costco work," she said. "They come in a package, and Cannon sells a kit, and they're probably around 300 or 400 dollars."

Download an app that controls the camera on your smartphone

"Even cell phones can take a great photo of sky, whether it's the moon or the stars or lightning, and the ways that you can do that is tip number three: download an app that controls the camera," Bailey said. "You want to be able to have full control over the camera settings, and, especially for lightning, you want to increase your shutter speed. So when you download an app - There are several, I can't even think of any right now, but you can just go into photography apps and use one that gives you full control over your camera's ISO and aperture, and things like that."

Use a tripod for your smartphone when taking photos

"On Amazon, you can get those things where you can stabilize your phone, get a little tripod with a little stand on it and stabilize that image," she said. "Once you do that with the tripod, plus the software, you can sit back and let the camera just take photos of the storm, and even then, it couples with the safety of it. Once your camera's on the tripod doing the work for you, you can get back into your car, be safe, and shoot it from a far distance and enjoy it,  rather than taking any unnecessary risks."