This August 21st a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. This is a huge event and a great opportunity for us photographers.
The last time a total eclipse was visible from this country outside of Alaska or Hawaii was 1979 in the Pacific Northwest. February clouds unfortunately obscured it.
In this video, I’ll explain why this total solar eclipse is so special, share some online maps and electronic scouting tools to help you plan where and how to photograph it, go over what gear you’ll need to get the best eclipse images possible and talk about some camera settings and technical strategies to capture those images.
When the eclipse reaches totality you can watch it with your bare eyes. Stars will become visible in the day. However, during the partial phase leading up to and following totality you need to take care to protect your eyes and your camera’s sensor. This eclipse is a big deal. Over a million people are coming to Oregon to see it. I hope that you get out to photograph and enjoy this rare event.
If you have more questions please don’t hesitate to hit me up via email or any of my social channels.
Here are some links to the tools and products I recommend in the video.
-Interactive Google map of the eclipse
-Sun Surveyor for Android & iOS
-My fluid head video (why I love them for stills)
-Eclipse glasses to protect your eyes