Lunar Eclipse Photography Tips…..

This weeks blog post is one you’ll be able to use immediately!!  This weekend, a total lunar eclipse will occur resulting in a gorgeous red blood moon this Saturday, April 4. Astronomers expect the eclipse to begin around 6:16 a.m. EDT and last just under two hours. The blood moon will be visible at 7:58 a.m. EDT.  In case you’re wondering exactly what a total lunar eclipse is, it is when the moon passed directly inside of the Earth’s shadow when the Earth is passing between it and the sun.  The Earth’s atmosphere filters out blue and green light, and the resulting blood moon is then illuminated by the resulting dim red light.

For those wondering how to go about photographing this event, I’ll try to make it as simple as possible.  For a detailed shot of the moon, you’ll need a moderate telephoto lens and a stable base like a tripod.  You’ll need to aim for exposures that are around one second long with the aperture set wide open, and push the ISO as much as you need to get a nice bright image.  You won’t need to push it too much because this eclipse should be pretty bright.  Make sure you don’t push the ISO so high that you blow out the highlights along the brighter edges of the moon.  That should do it.  If you get some good images, feel free to share away on the MTM Photography Facebook page!  I’ll do the same!

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