August 21 isn’t just a regular day this year – until the time and place for solar eclipse 2017 was discovered. The day will see one of the rarest celestial events when the Moon will pass between the Earth and Sun and cause a brief moment of darkness. A total solar eclipse can be a beautiful and cathartic sight to behold and millions of people in the US are gearing up to experience the event. Almost everyone viewing the eclipse, even partially, will want to capture the image on their smartphones.
Of course, professional photographers will have their DSLR gear on, but for many of us, our smartphones are our cameras, and for those thinking about taking photographs of the solar eclipse with their smartphones, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Solar eclipse time
These are some of the ways to capture the Great American Eclipse, which is set to take place on Monday starting 10:15 am PDT (10:45 pm IST) near Depoe Bay, Oregon and will reach its totality at around 2:49 pm EDT (12:19 am IST) near Charleston, South Carolina.
Solar eclipse glasses and photo tips
The first and most obvious tip that is being given by everyone including NASA is to wear solar eclipse glasses. While these glasses will protect you from damaging your eyes while viewing the eclipse, getting another pair of glasses to wrap around your smartphone will also protect your device’s camera from getting damaged. NASA says that camera sensors could be damaged when pointing towards the eclipse, although Apple has claimed that iPhone handsets cannot be harmed when capturing the solar eclipse.
Choose the right smartphone
If you’re going to want to capture that perfect eclipse photo for your next wallpaper, you’re going to need a good camera smartphone. Luckily, there are a few smartphones out there with killer cameras. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+ are some of the best cameras you can find in a smartphone today.
On the slightly lower end of the price segment, you have the OnePlus 5 with dual cameras that should also get you some good snaps as well as the Honor 8 Pro. Budget and mid-range smartphones today also come with decent cameras, but may not be enough to capture those stunning eclipse photos.