3 Things to Keep in Mind When Shooting a Lunar Eclipse

The title is meant to have a touch of humor to it.  You may really only get to see a Lunar Eclipse a couple times in your life. 🙂 Seriously though, if you have ever tried to take a picture of the moon, you quickly realize that this task is not as easy as it seems.  If you meter off of the moon there are no stars in your shot.  If you extend the time of your camera for the stars, the moon gets blown out in your picture.  You also have to think about camera shake, star rotation, digital noise, etc… Fortunately, lunar eclipse’s are a little easier to shoot.  This is because the moon gets just dim enough that you are actually able to get a picture where the moon and stars appear.    But, here are a couple other things too keep in mind. 1. Keep it Steady It is nearly impossible to take good pictures of the stars or moon without a tripod.  Most people know this.  But what you may not know is that even the pressure of your finger on the camera button can cause blur.   To eliminate blur all together you want to either put your camera on a self-timer or use a shutter release cable or remote.  My personal policy is not to touch the camera while taking pictures of the stars at all. 2. The Moon is Moving While your are snapping away with extreme joy and elation, it is very easy  to forget that both the earth and the moon are moving the entire time your are shooting. ...