SPOKANE, Wash. — There will no doubt be large amounts of pictures shared on social media during the eclipse. Here are some tips to follow in order to capture that perfect image.
Rumors have circulated that the eclipse light may be strong enough to damage your smart phone lens. Most experts agree an iPhone camera is too small to cause any lens damage.
If using a smart phone, it is suggested to focus on getting full landscape shots, time-lapse photos or videos rather than close-up shots of the sun and moon.
If you are shooting on a DSLR camera, there is an entirely different set of rules. Professional camera lenses are large enough to let in massive quantities of light, which puts your lens at risk for sun damage. DSLR camera users should purchase a special solar lens attachment or solar filter paper to cover the lens.
For those more interested in close up shots, a zoom lens needs to be longer than 400mm to see the outline of the moon over the sun with clarity.
Some tips to follow regardless of what camera you're using:
- Use a tripod. It will prevent any shaky or blurry handheld shots.
- Filter paper will help decrease the harsh light coming toward you.
- Always keep protective glasses on your eyes when taking pictures on a smart phone or professional camera. Do not put your eyes at risk for damage even when looking through a protected lens.
If you are not planning to take photos during the eclipse, the same rules apply for those watching the eclipse through binoculars or a telescope. If you want more photography tips, photographer Rajah Bose will be in the KREM 2 News studio Tuesday, August 15 at 8 a.m.
NOTE: There may be different rules depending on what equipment you plan to use.