How to photograph the lunar eclipse with Triggertrap Mobile (and Triggertrap on Canadian news!)


Cover image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

On Tuesday night this week (15.04.2014), North America was witness to a rare aerial sight. A lunar eclipse - otherwise known as a blood moon - was taking place, and it looks like every photographer on the continent worth their salt was out to take in the views.

Triggertrap on CBC News!

One Canadian photographer in particular, Scott Thiel, was so excited to photograph the lunar eclipse that he decided to tell CBC News all about it. And what is it we spy in his kit bag for the night? Why, it's a Triggertrap Mobile kit!

Mr Thiel's plan, weather allowing, was to take a timelapse of the lunar eclipse. You can imagine how delighted we were to discover that Triggertrap Mobile was seen as the best tool for the job! But we're sad to hear that the sky was too cloudy over Ottawa that night for Scott to capture a shot of the eclipse. Fans of night time photography that we are, we wanted to see if anyone else had managed to use Triggertrap to photograph the blood moon. It's safe to say we weren't disappointed.

Photographs taken with Triggertrap of the lunar eclipse

Tips for capturing the next lunar eclipse

That's right kids. If you missed the lunar eclipse this month, you'll get a second chance to photograph this awesome sight later this year. Never photographed a lunar eclipse before? Don't worry, we've got you covered!

  • Make sure you have a really sturdy tripod. This is generally a good tip for night time photography because even the slightest movement can ruin your exposure.
  • Use a cable release. Again you won't disturb your camera this way. Naturally we suggest Triggertrap Mobile.
  • Take a timelapse. This way you can capture all of the excitement of the eclipse from beginning to end. You can also then create some cool image stacking end results, just like Nicky Quintrell-Davies above, as well as having a great timelapse and some wonderful stills.
  • Go for a telephoto lens so that you can focus in better on the moon.
  • Try a higher ISO and shorter shutter speed for sharper images.

Did you manage to capture this week's lunar eclipse? If you did, or if you plan on capturing the next one, we would love to see your results appearing in our Flickr pool. If you have a timelapse of the eclipse, don't forget to submit it to Primelapse! For info on where and when you will be able to see the next lunar eclipse, check out NASA's eclipses page.

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