Eclipse photography camera gear using ISO 12312-2 solar filter, April 8, 2024
Photo of April 8, 2024 solar eclipse taken from Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Texas with a Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III, at 400 mm
Photo being taken through a telescope with filter, April 8, 2024

Eclipse photography involves the photographic capturing of solar eclipses and lunar eclipses. This niche field combines elements of astronomy, astrophotography, and sometimes travel photography, as photographers often venture to specific locations to capture these celestial events. Because of the intensity of the sun and the quickly changing conditions, eclipse photography necessitates the use of extremely strong solar filters, usually adhering to the ISO 12312-2 standard.


Eclipse photography has a rich history dating back to the 19th century, with advancements in photographic technology and astronomical knowledge significantly impacting its development. The first known photograph of a solar eclipse was taken on July 28, 1851, by Johann Julius Friedrich Berkowski, using the daguerreotype process.[1][2]


Photographers utilize various techniques to capture the different phases of an eclipse, often employing special equipment such as solar filters to protect the camera sensor and the photographer's eyes from the intense sunlight. Long focal lengths and tripods are also commonly used to stabilize the image and capture detailed shots of the celestial event.[3]


Eclipse photography presents unique challenges, including the need for precise timing, specialized equipment, and often travel to remote locations. Weather conditions can also significantly impact the ability to capture these events.

Notable photographers


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  2. ^ Farber, Madeline (2017-08-11). "This Is the First-Ever Photo of a Total Solar Eclipse". TIME. Retrieved 2024-04-09.
  3. ^ Browne, Mathew (2022-04-28). "How to photograph the total solar eclipse today, April 8 2024". Retrieved 2024-04-08.
  4. ^ Cade, D.L. (October 22, 2013). "Striking 13-Photo Composite Captures Two Galaxies and a Comet in the Same Image".