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  • Tips on Photographing the Solar Eclipse

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    August 21, 2017 is our next total solar eclipse. What’s amazing for those of us in the Pacific Northwest is that we will get to see the full coverage of the eclipse, depending on where you are. In Seattle we won’t get to see 100% full coverage, but if you decide to head to Baker, OR, you will!

    While this is going to be a very cool event to witness, there are some things to keep in mind.

    1.For 98% of the eclipse you’ll need a solar filter for your lens + solar glasses for your eyes.

    2.For less than 3 minutes of the eclipse you won’t need the filter or glasses.

    This is to protect your eyes! And your gear.

    For these elements, we have you covered! We’ve received a stock of glasses & a variety of filters, in all the sizes you can imagine so you can protect your gear. So check out the options here: Solar Photography.

    Other Elements to Consider

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    The Sun appears to move at approximately 15° per hour, this leaves only a few minutes where the sun would be in the frame using a longer telephoto lens, like 400mm or 600mm.

    This means you need to be ready when the full eclipse is in effect. Many blogs recommend doing a complete run through with your equipment, as photographers, this is always a good idea, no matter what you’re going to photograph. Knowing your gear well, means you can quickly resolve issues as they arise, if they arise.

    GEAR

    Camera
    There are many fantastic cameras on the market today, you could use anything from a DSLR to a Mirrorless, but your iPhone may not do the trick on this one! 🙂

    Lenses
    Telephoto lenses are highly recommended, depending on your camera, you may want to have something in the 200-500mm range, perhaps a little longer. The joy of a zoom here means if you want to change the frame, in that short time span it will be easy. Prime lenses could be more challenging.

    Tripod
    Stability. Stability. Stability.
    For this event you must stabilize your camera. This is not the moment in time to try to capture this event hand held. Get a sturdy tripod, rated to hold your camera with it’s heaviest lens. If you’re renting a lens, consider the weight of that lens when getting a tripod. You could also rent a tripod!

    If you’re interested in using specialised equipment for this event, please chat with our sales staff, or reach out to our Rentals department to reserve that mega zoom lens or awesome DSLR you’ve been wanting to try.

    Accessories

    Solar Filters!
    Solar Glasses!
    Polarie (Star Tracker)
    Batteries
    Memory Cards
    Extra Camera Body, just in case!

    Our friends from Vixen Optics were here recently to lead a couple of workshops on Solar Photography and they were kind enough to leave us a PDF of their presentation. If you’re interested in checking their notes out, please feel free to download it for free here.

    Check out NASA’s website for more info on the Eclipse:

    NASA – Eclipse 2017

    For details about coverage in Seattle.

  • Glazer’s Day at the Zoo 2016

    We had a great time at the zoo a couple of weekends ago! The day started with a wildlife photography class by award-winning outdoor photographer Randy Hanna.

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    Reps from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Manfrotto and Tamron were on-site loaning out gear for attendees to shoot with for the day.

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    We then split into two photo walks, one lead by Rose Whitaker of Nikon and one led by Randy.
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    At the end of the day, we came back to the classroom where Canon and Moab made prints for people to take home.

    Here are a few of our attendee’s photos from the day!

    Big thanks to our event partners, Randy Hanna and our attendees for making this such a great event!

  • Photofest 2016 Recap

    Last weekend, Glazer’s held it’s 7th annual Photofest. This was no ordinary Photofest though, as it marked the completion of our new store.

    More than 30 manufacturer representatives filled 2 floors and 14,000 square feet of our new custom designed space. There was special weekend pricing, give-aways and prize drawings.

    Over 30 speakers gave free photography workshops and photo walks throughout the weekend.

    We got so much great feedback from the attendees of Photofest. The overarching message was how appreciative everyone was of all the inspiring content that was provided and the community it created. Attendee Matt Biggers even took the time to write this lovely review of Photofest 2016. We strive to create that sort of environment, so we were happy to hear we succeeded!

    Big thanks from all the Glazer’s staff to everyone who came out last weekend and showed their support. We are very excited for all the opportunities the new store will provide, so be on the lookout for more classes, events and in-store demos!

    All event photos by Amy Kiel Photography. Photo booth photos and staff photo by Kyle Valla and Kelly Hampson. Special thanks to all of them for capturing the weekend so perfectly.

    Photo booth photos can viewed here.