Photographing and Assembling a Lunar Eclipse Composite

with Seán Duggan
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Photographing and Assembling a Lunar Eclipse Composite
Video duration: 0s 2h 43m Intermediate


A lunar eclipse is a relatively common astronomical event that always brings out the cameras and the long telephoto lenses. But the next time a lunar eclipse comes around, go beyond just taking a close-up of a darkened moon. Create a composite that shows the phases of the eclipse—and better still, shows the composite in the context of the landscape underneath it.

That's what photographer and educator Seán Duggan did, and in this course, he deconstructs his photographic steps and post-processing procedures.

The course begins with advice on how to plan and photograph the eclipse, with the right gear, the right focusing techniques, and the right exposure. Next, Seán evaluates the images in Lightroom, and then dives into Photoshop and shows how to composite each image into a finished photo. Along the way, he explores blend modes, layer masking, and other compositing techniques.

Photoshop Lightroom


- Hi, my name's Sean Duggan, and welcome to Photographing and Assembling an Eclipse Composite. In this course we're gonna cover how to photograph a lunar eclipse, as well as the night landscape in the scene, and then process the multiple images that you capture, to create a composite view, showing the progression of the eclipse over the landscape. We'll start off with a look at the camera gear you need, then move on to some pre shoot considerations, such as choosing a location, and determining the correct exposure for the lunar surface. For photographing the actual eclipse, we'll take a look at methods for establishing a correct focus at night, and adjusting the exposure as the brightness of the moon changes at different times throughout the eclipse.

Once you've captured the images, we'll cover recommendations for evaluating and optimizing the shots in light room, and then we'll bring everything together in Photoshop, to complete the final composite. We'll work with layers, blend modes, and layer masks, to create a composite showing the sequence of the eclipse over time, that can be combined with the shot of the night landscape. With that in mind, let's get started with Photographing and Assembling an Eclipse Composite.

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