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Eclipse Photography

DO NOT use a simple "point and shoot" camera aimed at the Sun, as looking at the Sun through the viewfinder will blind you. Rather use it to photograph the scene around you as the eclipse develops.

For the same reason take great care with a digital camera or video camera. Also check that the detectors in your digital or video camera will not be damaged by direct sunlight entering the lens.

To photograph the eclipse itself, use a 35 mm SLR camera, as follows:

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Photographing the partial eclipse, using a 35mm camera and telephoto lens with a solar filter, mounted on a tripod. The photographer cannot see the Sun except through the filter, so it is eye-safe.

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Photographing the total eclipse, using a 35mm camera and telephoto lens, mounted on a tripod. A solar filter is NOT needed now. A cable release is used to stop the camera shaking.

Best practise when photographing people at the eclipse is - don't use flash during totality! Especially near people photographing the eclipse. And especially not in their faces and cameras. Best practise is to use natural light, which is rather brighter than the light from a full moon. This will typically show the eclipse watchers silhouetted against the "sunset" around the horizon.

More detailed advice on photography is available from the weblinks given at the end of these webpages.

Last updated 2002/11/26 by mike@hartrao.ac.za
. since 2002/10/08