How To Take Photos Of The Sun, The Moon And An Eclipse

Need to capture amazing images of the sheer beauty found above us in the sky? Well you probably do, so be prepared, as occasions to record on film such magic moments may be far and between, and you might have a limited time span to take the photos you are so desperate to share with your family and friends.

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How To Take Photos Of The Sun

The most important thing about viewing and photographing the Sun is eye-safety. Never attempt to see the Sun thru any optical instrument without proper filtration otherwise permanent damage to the eye will happen if you are not careful.

There are several filters that can be used to view and photograph the Sun; a cheap and effective alternative is a filter made of solar filter sheet (Mylar). These filters will block UV and IR radiation and will only let a minimum amount of visible light pass thru. They are safe for viewing and photographing the sun as long as the filter is in perfect condition without tears or punctures. You can buy an already made filter or make your own.

The Baader astrosolar sheet is one of the many options you have. There are other filters available and usually if it’s safe for your eye it’s safe for your camera. Buy good quality filters from telescope & astronomy shops. Think that if a filter is safe for your eye thru a telescope then your camera sensor will be perfectly safe.

How To Take Photos Of The Moon

If you own a DSLR or a point and shoot with an optical zoom, I’m sure that every once in a while you see a beautiful moon and you think about taking a picture of it, especially when the moon is full and beautiful.

There are other times when you spot a news announcement about a Lunar Eclipse and you think about capturing the moment, but do not know how to do it right.

Or you want to capture the moon together with a foreground object such as a house or a lone tree, but the picture is not coming out right because the moon is much smaller and looks like a white blob.

If you had any of these situations or simply want to find out how to take a picture of the moon with a digital camera, then this guide is for you.

How To Take Photos Of An Eclipse

Use a telescope or telephoto lens with a focal length of 400 millimeters or more:  This helps to get detailed, close-up shots of the eclipse. This will give you a reasonably large image of the sun’s disk in the frame.

Use a sturdy tripod or mount: Make sure your tripod and head are strong and stable enough to support your camera gear. Keep your setup as portable, light and easy to assemble as possible in case you need to relocate in a hurry to escape clouds.

Set the camera to its highest resolution: To record as much detail and color information as possible, use your camera’s highest-quality (least-compressed) JPEG setting or “loss-less” (uncompressed) image formats, such as TIFF or RAW.

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