What You Need To Know About Taking Photos Of The Eclipse


Special glasses and pinhole viewers are two of the ways you can view the eclipse. The others? Through your smartphone or digital camera, while wearing the glasses of course. If you plan on using your smartphone, there is little risk of damaging the lens. 

“Exposure on the lens, you know, it’s very brief; it’ll just really flash real quick. So there’s not too much chance of it damaging the lens, you know. Apple’s even put out a couple articles out, um, specifically for this eclipse,” Ryan Gaddis, Manager at Phone-n-Fix, said.

Now, most smartphones won’t be damaged if you’re pointing them at the sun during the eclipse, but if you do have a digital DSLR camera, make sure you do have a special filter.

“The lens would get damaged itself and then the, the focus, the ability for it to focus, I know would get damaged too,” Gaddis said. 

For some, taking photos of the eclipse isn’t a high priority. 

“I guess I hadn’t thought about it.  I just wanted to be here, to be a part of it. So, I guess I’ll have to do more research on actual taking photos and things like that,” Sandy Richter, Outdoor Campus Special Events Coordinator, said. 

While you’re able to take photos of the eclipse with your smartphone, the photos won’t be the best. 

“You’ll be able to take the picture, but it’s not going to be the greatest by any means. You know, um, by the time you have to zoom in on the picture, it’s going to be so pixilated that it’s going to be pretty distorted,” Gaddis said. 

No matter how you look at the eclipse just make sure your eyes are protected at all times. 

   Eclipse Resources
    See how to watch the 2017 Great American Eclipse from KELOLAND and make  sure you’re safe while doing it. 
    CLICK HERE to go to the Eclipse page

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