This is one approach to diffusing your photography lights. Simply suspend a layer of some type of light-diffusing material in front of the bulbs. White nylon fabric or frosted plastic sheets make good diffusion materials. Even wax baking or tracing paper can be used in a pinch. Photography stores will, of course, sell diffusion panels of various shapes and sizes.
Hopefully this article has helped you become more aware of the importance of photography lighting and offered an option that fits your budget. As always, if you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us.
I found that if I had a fairly wide aperture, the lightning bolt came out over exposed, and I had more success using a small one and manualy holding the shutter open until the lightning flashed. Ialso used timer but Murphy's law applied, the lightning flashed after it activated. I also used a low ISO (100). I guess the downfall is with a small aperture and ISO is that the foreground comes out as siluet, unless a very long time is used. I have only had one oportunity to photograph lightning since getting my 400D and the best was over by the time I got my gear out, set up, and worked out the best settings, nature wouldn't co-operate again for me after that.