8 tips on photographing the 2019 total solar eclipse

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Natural phenomena don’t come much more spectacular than a total solar eclipse… but these events are rare, and you have to be in the right place to photograph them. Parts of North America got to see the moon totally obscured by the earth's shadow on 21 August 2017. And this summer it will be parts of South America that will see the sky gradually darken until the eerie moment of totality.

The event itself takes place on the afternoon of Tuesday 2 July. And the place you need to be is in Chile or Argentina. The first land mass that the total eclipse will be the Pitcairn Islands, best known for their role in the Mutiny on the Bounty story. But the eclipse will hit the mainland at the city of La Serena in Chile. Its path will then cross the Andes to San Juan in Argentina.

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Matty Graham

Matty has worked for a number of photographic magazines including Professional Photo, Digital Photo and Digital SLR magazine. He is an accomplished car and lanadscape photographer, who runs his own video production and content creation business in Lincolnshire.