Earlier this year I presented a live webinar on Solar Eclipse Imaging. One of the handouts I prepared was a checklist to help photographers get ready for the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017. It listed many of the things you should do days or even weeks before the eclipse. That way, you’ll avoid many potential problems on the big day itself.
I’m reproducing it here to share with a bigger audience.
Photography Preparation Checklist (weeks before eclipse)
Set up all your equipment for testing
Make checklist of all necessary equipment
(camera, lens, solar filter, tripod, batteries, memory cards, cables, adapters, chargers, etc.)
Include any tools you will need
For video camera or computer, how long do batteries last?
If planning bursts with a DSLR, how may shots before buffer is full?
For maximum stability, set tripod as low as practical
Do not extend center column
Hang weight (water bottle, bag of rocks, etc.) from center of tripod or tape to legs
Practice aiming, framing and tracking the Sun with your camera
If using equatorial mount, learn how to polar align in daytime
(use compass for NORTH & angle finder for LATITUDE)
If NOT using ...