The Blood Moon on the 27th of July 2018 will be something many would like to capture this truly amazing cosmic event. I’m no photographic genius, so I recruited renowned light capturer Andreas Eiselen from HSM Images to lend a hand in explaining how to make the best possible photo during a full lunar eclipse.
“Okay so shooting the moon is a bit tricky. You are going to need a long focal length lens, or superzoom point and shoot, and a tripod. Shutter speed should be 1/60th or faster as the moon moves quite quickly and slower shutter speeds will show motion blur. Aperture should be as wide open as your lens will permit.”
The moon moves through 13,5˚ per day and crosses the sky once every 24h49m. In this instance wider apertures are useful because the moon is in the earth’s shadow, the surface of the moon can get as bright as 2 500 nits (candela per square meter) in ideal conditions.
“You can read/take the exposure from the moon, but this will probably be wrong if you don’t have spot metering on your camera set, so play around with the exposure to get it correct. Start out setting your camera to 1/60th shutter speed, f-stop as wide as your camera will allow and ISO at 100. If the moon is too bright (shouldn’t be the case, but…) speed up your shutter speed or close down your aperture. If the moon is too dark pump up your ISO until the exposure is correct.”
He recommends white balance settings set to daylight or 5 100 Kelvin and you should probably use a remote shutter releaser at least the timer to have your hands off the camera when the images is taken, you will get camera shake if you do it hand-held.
There you have it, straight from a photographer, the best way for both types of photography. Look to the sky on the 27 July at 21:30 for the best possible time to see the longest full lunar eclipse this century.
“Best camera: DSLR with a 70-200mm and a 2 times converter or longer, point and shoot: any good superzoom will do the trick as long as you are shooting from a solid base with both.”
Andreas Eiselen/ HSMimages.co.za
Photographer Highbury Media
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