How to Photograph the Solar Eclipses

A Guide to Capturing the 2023 and 2024 Eclipses of the Sun

Learn how to photograph the coming solar eclipses in 2023 and 2024 with a wide range of techniques and camera gear: - Simple phone cameras - DSLR and Mirrorless still cameras (for stills and video) - Wide-angle lenses and telephotos - Telescopes, both tracking the sky and untracked - The book covers techniques for both the October 14, 2023 annular eclipse and the April 8, 2024 total eclipse.

In this 350-page ebook, you’ll learn:

  • What to expect to see and what to shoot.
  • How to shoot simple grab shots and eclipse “selfies.”
  • What types of cameras are best.
  • What tripod features are best.
  • What filters to use and when to remove them.
  • How to shoot wide-angle still images.
  • How to set up time-lapse sequences.
  • How to frame scenes for time-lapses and composites.
  • How to plan great shots above scenic landmarks.
  • How to shoot close-ups of totality.
  • What focal lengths are best for framing the Sun.
  • What types of telescopes and mounts are best.
  • How to align tracking mounts in the daytime.
  • How to focus and avoid image blurring from sky motion.
  • What the best exposures will be.
  • When to shoot on auto exposure vs. manual.
  • How to set video cameras for maximum detail and dynamic range
  • How to plan shoots with single or multiple cameras.
  • How to automate a camera.
  • Tips on last-minute moves to avoid clouds.
  • What can go wrong and how to avoid the common mistakes.
  • How to capture the eclipse and still see it!
  • And finally … The biggest chapter at 68 pages covers processing eclipse photos, from simple wide-angle scenes to complex multi-exposure stacks and composites

The book contains:

• Dozens of sky charts made specifically for the 2023 and 2024 eclipses, for sample locations along the paths, to show how to frame the scene with a range of focal lengths, and for planning your shoot.

• Active links to websites for equipment suppliers and for detailed eclipse maps and times for your site.

• Step-by-step tutorials take you through processing, from basic developing of Raw files, to assembling time-lapse movies, and stacking images for composites, plus blending of multiple exposures with HDR software and luminosity masks.

• The ebook is expanded by 50 pages from the original 2017 edition, with updated content to cover new camera capabilities and the latest software.

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