Capture Total Lunar Eclipse: Canon Telephoto Lens

Tomorrow, October 8, the sun, Earth and moon will align perfectly, creating a total lunar eclipse. As a result, the moon will appear to be a copper-red color, creating a unique opportunity to photograph the night sky.


Astrophotographers—both amateur and professional—can #bringit with Canon cameras and lenses by capturing high-quality images of the total lunar eclipse. A Canon telephoto lens will help you get that much closer to the moon. The days of just “good enough” images and videos are long gone!

Capture Total Lunar Eclipse: Canon Telephoto Lens

As such, we wanted to provide you with a few tips and tricks courtesy of Canon capture this spectacular lunar moment and tell better stories:


·  Consider using a telephoto zoom lens to capture more of the night sky.  Canon’s EF-S 55-250mm IS STM lens allows astrophotographers of all skill levels to get closer to the moon and #bringit.
·  Invest in a tripod to reduce camera shake during long exposure times. A general rule of thumb in photography is to use a tripod if your shutter speed is slower than the focal length of your lens.
·  Make sure your ISO setting, which controls your camera’s sensitivity to light, is set high so the minimal lighting of the night sky does not affect your astro-photos.
·  The exposure compensation setting also controls the brightness and darkness of a photo. When photographing the night sky, be sure to set your exposure compensation to a low number, in order to capture a clear shot. Try -1, -2, or -3 and see what you like best.



The next total lunar eclipse will not occur until April 4, 2015, so don’t miss the opportunity to “Bring It” this time around!

Astrophotography Techniques is another great article from Canon’s Digital Learning Center that offers additional astrophotography tips. Furthermore, more information on the Bring It campaign can be found at, including user-generated #bringit photos.

Have you attempted to take a great photo of a total eclipse before?  Will you try this time around?  I mean it doesn’t happen everyday!

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