How to Photograph the Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will happen across the United States. This remarkable event occurred last in the United States over 27 years ago, and it is likely not to happen for another eight years. While it may be safe to look at the sun when it is totally obscured by the moon with the naked eye, you will need eye protection to watch the entire eclipse. The eclipse could last as long as 2.5 minutes will require some equipment if you want to record it.

Full-Frame Camera

The best camera to use is a full-frame camera. Since you will be shooting at long range, the camera’s ISO does not really matter. If you will be buying a new camera or renting one for this occasion, then consider the Nikon D750.

Solar Filter

You will need a solar filter. While you can use black polymer or aluminized polyester solar filters, the best choice is a telescope glass solar filter as it provides maximum protection for your expensive glass lens.

400 MM Lens

You will also need a lens with a focal length of at least 400 millimeter. If you have a choice in lenses, then choose the one with the fastest shutter speed. An image stabilizer lens will allow you to get the best focus on this historic event.

Prepare Ahead of Time

You will want to prepare for the eclipse ahead of time. Start by setting your f stop between 6.3 and 8. Make sure that your camera is set to shoot in RAW as autofocus will not change the settings fast enough to adjust for the changing light. Once the eclipse starts, leave your f-stop setting alone giving you time to concentrate on lowering shutter speed. Your lowest speed needs to occur at the height of the eclipse.

Following these simple tips will allow you to shoot the eclipse. Remember to protect yourself and your equipment from the sun’s harmful ways.

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