Photographing the Eclipse Planning Seminar

Diamond Ring

Video of the seminar is available at

On April 8 will be one of the most exciting events I can think of - a total solar eclipse. I've photographed it twice and nothing gets me more excited. The path of totality stretches across the U.S. from Texas to Maine. It is a fun thing to photograph but you need to know how to do it. You can't just go out and point your camera at the sun and fire away. You could easily burn out your camera's sensor or worse your eyes.

Total Eclipse

In this free seminar I'll show you how to prepare for the eclipse and what to do on that day. If you don't live in the path of totality, plan now on going to where it will be. It is going through some major cities including San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Montreal. Since the eclipse is happening at mid-day it will be pretty much directly overhead. Many people are planning on flying to an airport in the morning, observing the eclipse and flying home later that afternoon. I've even heard of people who have made refundable plane reservations to multiple cities and will check the weather at the last minute before deciding where to go. I'll be in Dallas with my workshop since it is one of the places least likely to have clouds. Here's a link to a map showing the path and much more info: https://www.greatamericaneclip...

Eclipse Sunset

During this seminar I'll show you how to make your own eclipse filter, you must have one to protect your camera. We'll talk about the different ways to photograph the eclipse including shooting it with a 500-600mm lens, why you don't want a longer lens, finding something for the foreground and photographing the eclipse with a wide angle lens. We discuss the different phases of the eclipse and what to watch for, like the "Diamond Ring" at the top of the page. Plus we'll talk about post processing and how to do a massive HDR so you can see the corona waves like you see here.

Feb. 2, 7:00 p.m. EST

The seminar will be recorded so if you can't make the live session you'll be able to watch it afterward on my website.