On Monday, August 21, there will be a Total Solar Eclipse, visible from North America. The next one visible from North America won’t be until 2024.
A solar eclipse is when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. This upcoming eclipse is special though because it’s a “total” eclipse, meaning the Moon will completely block the bright light of the sun, leaving only the outer edge (the corona) visible. If you’ve never seen one, they’re pretty cool to watch (just make sure you watch them safely!).
I don’t have much experience with photographing solar eclipses, but I did some research on how to photograph them properly, and below are some great resources I found:
Please remember to be safe when viewing and/or photographing the eclipse! The links below have more details on viewing safety.
Very detailed guide on how to photograph the eclipse, including what gear you need and recommended settings.
A less detailed guide, but covers all the basics (including how to be safe!).
Excellent interactive map that shows you what the eclipse will look like from your location and the best time for maximum eclipse.
Overall, a wonderful site with tons of information, probably more than you’ll ever want to know about the eclipse.
If you know of another great resource for photographing and/or viewing the upcoming eclipse, please share it with us by leaving a comment below. Thanks!
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About the Author: Steve Berardi is a nature photographer, software engineer, and founder of PhotoNaturalist. You can usually find him hiking in the beautiful mountains and deserts of southern California.