Photograph Basics for the 2017 Total Eclipse

Fred Espenak


With August’s total eclipse of the Sun fast approaching, do you want to capture images of it with your camera? Learn tips from an eclipse photography expert who has shot over 20 total eclipses. Some of the topics covered include:

- How to use any camera (even cell phones) to shoot wide-angle photos of totality
- Tips on the best telephoto lenses and telescopes for telephotography of eclipses
- What solar filters to use, and when to use them
- How to capture partial phases, the diamond-ring effect, and Baily’s beads
- How to shoot bracketed exposures to capture the inner, middle, and outer corona

Bring you camera and lens and be prepared to ask questions.


Fred Espenak is a scientist emeritus at Goddard Space Flight Center and is NASA's expert on eclipses. He maintains NASA's official eclipse web site ( as well as his personal web site on eclipse photography ( Fred has published numerous books and articles of eclipse predictions and he is the co-author of the popular book "Totality - Eclipses of the Sun". His magnum opus, the "Five Millennium Canon of Solar Eclipses", includes a map of every solar eclipse occurring between 2000 BC and AD 3000. His interest in eclipses was first sparked after witnessing a total solar eclipse in 1970. Since then, he has participated in 34 eclipse expeditions around the world including Antarctica. Fred's eclipse photographs have appeared in both national and international publications, and he has lectured extensively on the Sun, eclipses and photography. In 2003, the International Astronomical Union honored him by naming an asteroid "Espenak" ( Now retired and living in rural Arizona, Fred spends most clear nights losing sleep and photographing the stars (


Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 14:45