Tonight There is a Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse, Here Is How To Shoot It

Sep 27, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Tonight There is a Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse, Here Is How To Shoot It

Sep 27, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Tonight we will witness a rare astronomical phenomena called  “supermoon” total lunar eclipse. This happens when a lunar eclipse happens in conjunction with the event of a super moon – The time when the moon is closest to earth and thus looks the biggest. (Next time this will happen is on 2033). To really take it over the top, this will be a blood moon, meaning a red moon. So Bright, Big and Eclipsed. Definitely something worth taking a photo.

Here is a list of resources that will help you make the best of the occasion:

The Complete Guide To Shooting The Moon On A Budget

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Not everyone has the top gear for making a killer shoot. So you’ll be glad to know that you can create spektacular results with close to zero budget.

A Quick Pre Shoot Checklist For Shooting The Lunar Eclipse

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If you are going to shoot the moon better be organized and not forget a thing, this checklist will help you make sure you don’t have to wait till 2033 to re-take the photos that went bad.

When and Where to See The Super Moon Eclipse?

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If you want to get the best viewing times and locations, Space.com released a guide to help you pre-locate yourself, along with the times where the eclipse will be at its peak all over the world. The Telegraph released a similar resource specific for the UK

NASA photographer’s 4 tips for shooting Sunday’s Supermoon eclipse

Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Bill Ingalls, NASA’s senior photographer, is one of the world’s acknowledged greats at photographing sky events. He shares 4 of his tips for shooting the supermoon. NASA TV will stream the eclipse live if it gets too cloudy (or sleepy over at your place)

Nikon’s Guide on How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse

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While this tutorial has some focus on Nikon, most of the tips there are brand-agnostic.

Got more tips for shooting the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse please share them in the comments.

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Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh

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3 responses to “Tonight There is a Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse, Here Is How To Shoot It”

  1. Steve Solis Avatar
    Steve Solis

    DIY PHOTO. Thanks for all the tips.

  2. Glenn Sisman Avatar
    Glenn Sisman

    Can you change the cloudy forecast for tonite?

  3. Ralph Hightower Avatar
    Ralph Hightower

    I didn’t see any tips for manual exposure techniques. I had a “Full Moon” project in 2012 where I photographed the full moons of the year. I researched and found that the “Sunny 16” rule could be applied; I bracketed by 1 stop over and 1 stop under. Later, I found there was a “Loony 11” rule. But once the moon starts going dark, rules go out the window.

    Unfortunately for me, it looks like this eclipse is going to be wash-out with 100% cloud cover. But I would be covered with three cameras (two shooting film) with a cable release and two remote controls (1 film, 1 DSLR) with focal lengths 24-105, 80-205, and 400.

    This website gives a forecast about sky viewing conditions:
    http://www.cleardarksky.com/csk/