How to safely capture the solar eclipse with your smartphone

How to Safely Capture the Solar Eclipse With Your Smartphone


NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – You've purchased your special glasses and taken the afternoon off to watch the total solar eclipse headed our way on April 8. How to capture this moment for posterity? Northeast Ohio photographer Mark Madere offers tips for getting “the best photos possible with a smartphone” – but with safety as his main concern. “As excitement builds for the April 8 solar eclipse, safety is paramount,” he said. “Never look directly at the sun with your bare eyes during the eclipse, as this can cause permanent eye damage. Wear eclipse glasses with an ISO safety rating of 12312-2-2015. This notation can be found on the cardboard frame of the glasses.” Your smartphone needs protection too.

Tips for photographing the solar eclipse with your smartphone

Solar eclipse photography presents a unique challenge, especially when done with a smartphone. Mark Madere, an experienced photographer, emphasizes the importance of protecting both your eyes and your phone's camera. He insists on using solar filters specifically designed for smartphone photography, which have an ISO rating of 12312-2-2015, the same as eclipse glasses.

Choosing the right solar filter for your smartphone

There is some confusion regarding what type of filter to use with smartphones. Madere recommends only using a dedicated solar filter designed for smartphone photography. These filters fit securely over your phone's camera lens and enable safe solar imaging. It is crucial not to compromise safety by using inappropriate substitutes that could damage the device or worse, your eyesight.

Using eclipse glasses as a filter

Madere cites the NASA website, saying the best thing to do is to cover the camera lens with a solar filter during the moments before and after totality, when the sunlight is still blinding. This will eliminate solar blur and give you a clear image of the solar disk. You can use one of these ISO certified sun viewing glasses that will be available for eclipse viewing to cover the smartphone lens.

Where to find more information?

For those looking to learn more about photographing the solar eclipse with a smartphone, additional resources are available. Visit this link ou the AAS website on eye safety for more information on eclipse filters and glasses.


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How to Safely Capture the Solar Eclipse With Your Smartphone

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