How to Photograph the Total Solar Eclipse

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On Monday, August 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse, an alignment of the Earth, Sun and the moon. Those in the path of the moon's shadow will see the sun completely covered up by the moon.  Anyone in the US is going to see a vibrant and beautifully outlined moon by the sun's shinning light.

You only have a few minutes to get a shot of totality, so here's how you can capture a totally grammable photograph of the total solar eclipse with your smartphone.


Not all of us have a fancy pants camera, so capturing the shot on your smartphone may be the only viable option. The most important thing you can do for your shot, as well as your safety, is to wear a pair of solar filter glasses when watching the eclipse. The intensity of the sun is extremely damaging to the bare eyes, and can do some serious hard.

 NASA says taking a picture of the Sun directly with your smartphone won’t damage the lens, since the lens is probably too small. The problem with using a smartphone, though, is quality. The Sun will be very far away in your frame, and focusing on the solar disc will likely result in a bright, glaring blob in the sky. To combat this, and get the shot you want, put a solar filter over the lens when the Sun is mostly covered up by the Moon. This could be your solar filter glasses that you can purchase on Amazon.

In order to fix the zoom problem, you can get a telephoto lens that attaches to your phone. Set your smartphone up on a small tripod, and place a solar filter over that lens to get the picture you want.

Some other things you will want to bring on your quest for the perfect photo include a blanket and sunscreen to shield from the Sun, even though it’s disappearing. You may also want to practice shooting the Sun a few times before to the test during the eclipse.