10/7/14

Total Lunar Eclipse - October 8

Wanting to get some amazing photos? Here's an opportunity that won't come around again soon! On October 8, the sun, Earth and moon will align perfectly, creating a total lunar eclipse. As a result, the moon will appear to be a copper-red color, creating a unique opportunity to photograph the night sky.

Astrophotographers—both amateur and professional—can #bringit with Canon cameras and lenses by capturing high-quality images of the total lunar eclipse. A Canon telephoto lens will help you get that much closer to the moon. The days of just “good enough” images and videos are long gone!

As such, here are a few tips and tricks courtesy of Canon to capture this spectacular lunar moment and tell better stories:

  • Consider using a telephoto zoom lens to capture more of the night sky. Canon's EF-S 55-250mm IS STM lens allows astrophotographers of all skill levels to get closer to the moon and #bringit.
  • Invest in a tripod to reduce camera shake during long exposure times. A general rule of thumb in photography is to use a tripod if your shutter speed is slower than the focal length of your lens.
  • Make sure your ISO setting, which controls your camera’s sensitivity to light, is set high so the minimal lighting of the night sky does not affect your astro-photos.
  • The exposure compensation setting also controls the brightness and darkness of a photo. When photographing the night sky, be sure to set your exposure compensation to a low number, in order to capture a clear shot. Try -1, -2, or -3 and see what you like best.

The next total lunar eclipse will not occur until April 4, 2015, so don't miss the opportunity to “Bring It” right now.
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