~ No tricks, just treats.~
With my last lightning upload, many commented on my speed and reaction time. It's a lot easier than that and I hope you can grab a few like this one after reading below.
Tripod, Cable/remote shutter release.
turn Auto Focus OFF (manual focus on horizon)
Set camera shutter speed to BULB
ISO 200 to start, adjust if needed.
F/8. to start, adjust if needed.
Take a shot for 15 seconds by holding the shutter release button, and look at the surrounding light in your results. (**You do not want it to bright.**)
Take a shot, nothing happens, no lightning, take another shot.
During the 15 seconds if lightning strikes, you'll have it.
Point and shoot cams.
Use the Manual setting and set the shutter speed to 10-15 seconds.
Use the self timer (3sec) to trigger the shot, because keeping the tripod steady is a key factor. (I barely move or breath during shots)
Time is the priority here, so adjustments can be made with Aperture or ISO to darken or lighten the scene.
The reason for a bit of Aperture is to not have the lightning flash
burn the image out.
Like fishing for lightning, chill in a lawn chair and grab what you can get.