Best Ways to Photograph An Eclipse
One of the most unique events in nature—the total solar eclipse—is a rare and amazing sight. If you want to take photos but don’t know how, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.
Here Are the Best Ways to Capture the Perfect Shot of the Upcoming Eclipse:
- Multiple Exposures
On the day you wish to photograph the solar eclipse, you need to prepare the camera and all other equipment. Set up the camera on a tripod, making sure that the position of the camera is not leaning forward, producing a blurred image. You can test it before you shoot the photo. Then, you need to use a filter that allows you to get a black and white picture.
Essentially, the easiest way to photograph an eclipse is by shooting the sun and moon in the same frame. This will require the use of a solar filter to protect the camera lens from damage. A solar filter is an optical filter that is fitted over the camera lens to reduce the intensity of any unwanted wavelengths of light. It allows only selected wavelengths to pass through. If you want to photograph the eclipse with a camera that can make many exposures, you can, but you will need to be careful. You will need to make sure that the exposures don’t overlap, or else you’ll end up with a mess of either underexposed or over-exposed images.
You don’t need a lot of money and a fancy camera to photograph an eclipse. A telephoto lens can take incredible photos of the eclipse, including shots where you can see the full Moon, and of the Moon appearing to come in between the Earth and the Sun. If you’re in an area of the sky that’s dark enough to see a partial eclipse of the sun, you’ll want a telescope—but you’ll also want a telephoto lens. In fact, a telephoto lens is probably the single most important piece of equipment you can bring to an eclipse viewing.
The key is to know your gear when it comes to photographing the total solar eclipse. There are plenty of cheap options for both still cameras and camcorders, but the most important thing is to know your equipment—and the best way to do that is to practice. For example, you can practice with a telephoto lens for your camera that allows you to zoom in as close to the sun as possible when capturing a photo. Telephoto lenses are used in most cameras, but some camcorders don’t have such a lens.
Sometimes, the best way to capture a unique moment is to get a shot from a unique perspective. One of the best viewpoints for photographing an eclipse is from a wide-angle lens. Wide-angle photography challenges the viewer to see the world from a new perspective, allowing for some incredibly unique shots. Eclipse photos from wide-angle are a bit trickier since the sun is getting in the way. However, that is no excuse to miss out on its beauty. The total solar eclipse will be visible across a wide swath of the country, but if you’re in a location that will miss the path of totality, you’re still in luck. You can still see the moon’s shadow moving across the sun and capture it with a camera using the wide-angle technique.
- Star Trails
The moon is a night sky photographer’s best friend. It doesn’t move, it’s bright, and it’s a perfect subject for star trails photos. The trick is finding a camera that can do the job and the technology to take the photos. When it comes to photographing an eclipse, the sky is the limit. The sun doesn’t have to move for the eclipse to show—its’ light can be blocked from view by an object in the foreground, such as a tree or a building. But there are more than just one or two ways to capture an eclipse. An option is to create a series of star trails to mimic the natural effects of the sun moving through the night sky.
To photograph an eclipse, you’ll need to be far from light pollution. Ideally, you’ll want to get as far away as possible from city lights, especially suburbs and towns. This can be tough when you’re trying to get a shot of the moon and the sun. That’s where special solar filters come in handy. They allow you to take photos of the eclipsed sun and moon through your camera lens, with the filter still on.
This solar eclipse, pack your cameras and other necessary equipment; get to a place amidst nature that can give you a clear view; and get to photographing the eclipse! Remember, someplace away from the light pollution of the city is always going to be ideal. No matter if you’re an amateur or a seasoned photographer, with a little bit of skills and effort, you are bound to capture the mesmerizing phenomenon in your camera.