This course covers two different, yet related, areas. Photographing an eclipse and then processing the images and creating a final composite image showing the eclipse sequence above the landscape. This is an image that I made during the total lunar eclipse in April of 2014. We're not going to be making the same image in this course, but we will be creating one that's very similar. We'll even be using the same shots of the eclipse that I made that night. In terms of camera skills, you should be familiar with the controls of your camera, so that you can operate it on manual mode and adjust the exposure as the brightness of the moon changes during the eclipse.
If your camera has a live view feature it's also good to know how to use that view for double checking focus. We'll cover those techniques in this course but the more familiar you are with you camera, the quicker you can get up to speed. In terms of processing the image we'll be using both Lightroom and Photoshop for that part of the course. If you're relatively new to Lightroom and Photoshop, and are still finding your way around. You may want to start with an entry level course here on Lynda.com, and then return to this course once you're more familiar with the basics. Having a good understanding of the basics of both programs will help you get the most from that part of the course.
For the eclipse composite that we'll be creating in Photoshop, there will be a layer for the background of the scene, which will be the landscape, as well as another layer of the sky with no moon. Then, above those two layers will be layers containing the eclipse sequence. If you're new to working with Photoshop, you'll certainly learn a lot along the way. But you'll get a lot more out of this course if you're already comfortable working with selections, layers and layer masks.
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.