How to Capture the Solar Eclipse on Camera

August's solar eclipse will surely be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

As professional photographers who spend our careers capturing experiences through the eyes of a lens, we sometimes relish the opportunity to live experiences without having to think about proper exposure, framing and audio levels. We talked to local filmmaker, Bill Grant of Cinema Couture, to learn how he plans to capture this stellar event!

1. Leave your cell phone in your pocket!

Without proper protection from the sun, you will risk damaging the sensor of your phone’s camera. We can almost guarantee, that even with proper protection, a cell phone camera is not going to produce an impressive image.

2. Break out the telephoto lens.

You will need a minimum 400mm equivalent lens to really begin to fill the frame with the sun.

3. Protect your gear!

Your camera’s lens is essentially capturing all of the light energy coming from the sun and focusing it onto a very small spot on your camera’s sensor. Without proper solar filters, you will risk burning that sensor and permanently damaging your camera.

4. Practice makes perfect.

If you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera, the proper lens, and the proper filters to protect them, you have plenty of time to practice photographing or filming the sun before the big event.

5. Last but not least, protect your eyes!

Looking directly into the sun at any time, including during the totality, without proper eye protection can definitely permanently damage your vision.

Here at Palmetto Weekend we are all about finding ways to relax and enjoy ourselves. If any part of this guide stresses you out, we would like to recommend that you leave this one to the pros and just enjoy this amazing event. Go ahead, use our video, we won’t tell it wasn’t you that shot it 😉 

We would also like to thank Bill Grant, owner of Cinema Couture Films, for spending some time with us and giving us the rundown.

Cinema Couture creates stunning wedding, event, and corporate films, check them out by clicking below!