How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse
Before you can shoot a lunar eclipse, you need to know how to take the best shots. There are some tips to help you take the best photos. The first thing you need to remember is the focal length of your lens. The moon moves across the sky at about 15 degrees per hour and will cover fifty degrees over the course of the eclipse. To capture the full phase of the eclipse, you will need a wide-angle lens with a focal length of at least 18mm. However, if you have a longer focal length, you can still capture partial stages.
There are two main techniques you can use to capture the eclipse: wide-angle and long-exposure. For a wide-angle view, use a tripod and a long lens. Using a tripod will prevent your camera from vibrating when you trigger the shutter. You can use a cable release if you don’t have one. Otherwise, you can use the self-timer. However, remember that this is a rare event and the best way to photograph it is by having a tripod.
Another method is to make several exposures during the eclipse. You should start the first exposure when the partial eclipse begins, and then continue shooting every five to ten minutes. During the partial eclipse, you should use ISO 100, and increase it as necessary during totality. Then, you should choose the sharpest aperture that suits your lens. For partial eclipses, you should use an aperture of f/4 or f/8. When you’re in the totality phase, you can use the maximum aperture of your lens. The shutter speed should be set based on the 500 Rule or the equivalent full-frame focal length of your camera.