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Preparing for the Solar Eclipse Hands-on Workshop

Dave Henry
August 13, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$199 Hands-on Workshop
150 Anza Blvd
Burlingame, California 94010


Join Photography Instructor Dave Henry for an intensive, hands-on workshop on photographing the solar eclipse. This event was designed for the photographer who wants to leave nothing to chance when preparing to photograph the solar eclipse. 

In our hands-on workshop, you will learn and practice the essential steps for photographing a solar eclipse: 

• How to choose the right camera and lens 

• How to mount a solar filter correctly 

• How to practice focusing and tracking the sun 

• How to create correct exposure using solar filters 

• How to exercise personal safety 

In addition, you will go through a series of shooting drills where you simulate the 17 steps you will need to take during the 2 1/2 minutes the eclipse travels overhead. There is no room for error with this short time frame, and our drills will help build the confidence you need on August 21st. 

After the shoot, you will go back to the classroom where we will work through the steps of post processing your images to export spectacular imagery. 

Get Hands-on With The Best Canon Gear 

You’ll not only shoot with the best instructors—you’ll shoot with the best gear. Workshop attendees can access a range of Canon “dream gear,” including the latest EOS cameras and lenses, with Canon instructors ready to offer their technical and creative assistance every step of the way. 

Try these lenses at our workshop 

• EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM 

• EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM 

• EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM 

• EF 200 - 400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x 

• EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM 

• EF 400 f/5.6L USM 

• Extender EF 1.4x III 

• Extender EF 2xIII 

What You Will Learn 

• General tips & Technique for Solar Eclipse photography — how to plan, what to expect 

• How to determine the angle of the sun 

• How to put on a solar filter properly 

• How to create exposure of a solar eclipse 

• Camera settings and shooting techniques 

• Sequence drills to help boost your confidence shooting the eclipse 

• Safety tips/gear 

• Canon equipment considerations from low to high end 

• Third-party equipment considerations (tripods & filters) 

• Creative considerations — what types of photo opportunities and composition will work best 

• What next -- what other astro-events to consider shooting? 

• What to do with your images after the shoot — editing & printing. 

What’s included 

• You will have the opportunity to learn and experiment with a range of Canon EOS DSLR Bodies and EF Lenses. 

• Expert instruction in the field and classroom from Ken Sklute and support from the Canon Live Learning Team 

• Access to the latest Canon gear: L-Series lenses, and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R, EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 80D bodies. 

Why Learn with Canon 

Canon Live Learning Workshops let you access exclusive experiences where you can develop. In just one day, this fun, hands-on workshop will expand your portfolio, create prints of your favorite images and help you make new friends. 

Shoot Side-By-Side With The Pros 

You’ll be alongside like-minded photography pros, ready to answer any question —and provide expert advice on how to bring your visions to life, how to maximize your camera’s functions and get creative with lenses. 

Personalized Experience 

In this intimate setting, you’ll have easy access to instructors as well as the Canon Live Learning support staff. You’ll have all the attention you need to further develop your skills. 


NEVER look at the sun without accredited and approved solar filtration over your eyes. There are special solar viewing frames that can be used over your eyeglasses or solar viewing glasses for those that don’t wear glasses. Permanent, irreversible eye damage and/or blindness can result in seconds. 

NEVER point your camera into the sun without this special solar filter. All camera lenses need an accredited and approved solar filter. Not using a solar filter at eclipse magnifications will ruin your camera in seconds. 

NEVER improvise, modify or use general neutral density (ND) photography filters. They are totally insufficient to provide the protection your eyes, and your equipment, need. There are reasons for this that we’ll address in an upcoming article. Buy an approved solar filter. They’re inexpensive and are designed for the task.

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