But what if you don't want to use a telescope or telephoto lens? At the very least you will want a tripod or some way to mount the camera steady. Lunar eclipse pictures require a longer exposure and it is too easy to shake or move while the image is being captured. So figure out a way to mount or hold the camera steady. A simple table tripod is all that is needed in most cases.
|Tripod and digital camera from parking lot 110mm EFL|
With a camera phone your options are more limited. Modern camera phones can do night time photography, some do it automatically, some try to turn to on the light. Don't put on the light. That is a waste and a bother to everyone else around you. The exception may be to get an image of people looking at the eclipse but even then there may be enough light around to use.
|Sunrise Lunar Eclipse from beach in Jamaica|