Total lunar eclipse photography: Shutterstock shooters share their secrets

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(Image credit: Ttragoolchitr Jittasaiyapan/Shutterstock)

This weekend you will get one of the best chances to see a total lunar eclipse, a spectacular astronomical event during which the moon turns red – and is therefore also known as a blood moon. The event takes place during the evening of 20 January, 2019, in North America, and in the UK during the early hours of 21 January  – with the eclipse lasting several hours, with the spectacular red-colored totality lasting about an hour in the middle of the event.

You can find out all about the event, and how you can shoot it, in our article on how to shoot the blood moon 2019. But to inspire you to stay up this Sunday night, we have teamed up with stock agency Shutterstock to bring you some super shots that professional photographers and astrophotographers have taken of previous total lunar eclipses.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.