How to Photograph the Solar Eclipse

A Guide to Capturing the 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun


The most comprehensive guide to photographing eclipses you'll find!


  • The Great American Eclipse is now history. I hope everyone experienced an incredible eclipse, wherever you were on August 21.
  • As such, most of my ebook is also now obsolete.
  • However, Chapter 11 contains valuable tutorials for processing your eclipse images: wide-angles, close-ups, and composites.
  • With its more limited use now, I have reduced the price to $2.99 U.S.




















This is my final music video of still images, time-lapses, and real-time videos of the eclipse.


  • While much of the ebook deals with how to plan and shoot the eclipse, Chapter 11 deals with how to process eclipse images.
  • It covers techniques for processing simple wide-angle scenes, assembling time-lapses, and how to blend complex multi-exposure stacks and composites with HDR software and luminosity masks.
  • Examples of all those images are in my music video.



The book contains:


  • Dozens of sky charts made specifically for the 2017 eclipse, and for both the eastern and western United States, to show how to frame the scene with a range of focal lengths, and for planning your shoot.
  • Active links to websites for equipment suppliers and for detailed eclipse maps and times for your site.
  • Step-by-step tutorials take you through processing, from basic developing of Raw files, to assembling time-lapse movies, and stacking images for composites, plus blending of multiple exposures with luminosity masks.



What’s in the book:


Chapter 1: Introduction

• A summary of the techniques the book explains


Chapter 2: The Eclipse Experience

• What you will see and experience during the eclipse, with the naked eye and through optics • Eclipse etiquette


Chapter 3: Where to Go

• Where you need to be in the path of totality • Plan B options


Chapter 4: Eclipse Photo Fundamentals

• Choosing filters • Shooting partial phases vs. totality


Chapter 5: Shooting Wide-Angle Stills

• Choosing cameras (from simple to complex) and lenses • Choosing exposures and other settings • Framing options, for capturing easy but dramatic wide-angle scenes and panoramas


Chapter 6: Shooting Close-Up Stills

• Choosing cameras, lenses, and telescopes for detailed close-ups • Tracking mounts vs. untracked tripods • Setting up a tracking telescope • Focusing tips • Recommended exposure sequences • Framing the corona • Practice tips for shooting the Moon


Chapter 7: Shooting Time-Lapses

• Setting up wide-angle and close-up time-lapses • Framing the motion of the Sun. Tracking the Sun • Controlling the camera


Chapter 8: Shooting Video

• Video camera and lens options • Setting exposures


Chapter 9: Shooting Composites

• Planning a multiple exposure composite • Framing the scene • Wide-angle vs. close-up sequences


Chapter 10: What Can Go Wrong?

• Common equipment and user malfunctions! • Checklists • Operating multiple cameras and shooting plans • Automating a camera • Cloudy options • Contingency plans


Chapter 11: Processing Eclipse Images - The Main Chapter of Interest!

• Workflows • Photoshop basics • Developing Raw images • Processing wide-angle scenes and close-ups of the corona • Processing time-lapse sequences • Stacking composites • Stacking and merging multi-exposure blends with HDR and luminosity masks.


Chapter 12: Conclusion

• Advice for eclipse newbies • Future eclipses • Where to learn more – for detailed maps and information on your site.


Published February 2017

ISBN 978-0-9939589-1-5

Contents © 2017 Alan Dyer/




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