Prepare for the eclipse with the right equipment

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- For many photographers, it's their dream shot. On August 21st, a solar eclipse will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina at a whopping 1,500 miles per hour.

This will be a highly documented event, but there are a few things you'll want to do first if you want to capture the event.

If you're looking to get really good pictures, you'll need a more powerful zoom lens. You'll also need a special lens for your camera to capture the eclipse.

Beforehand, you should set up a tripod and make sure you're comfortable with some of the manual settings on your camera.

Even with the best preparation, the final key is timing. In the path of totality, you'll only have about two and half minutes to snap a photo of the eclipse.

And remember, solar eclipse glasses are a must-have. They're not the most stylish, but they will keep your eyes safe.