Take a decent pic of the solar eclipse without investing in expensive equipment! Here are some tips for using your smartphone.
Picture this: It’s approaching 2:41 p.m. on Monday, and you’re so intent on getting the perfect pic of the eclipse that your head is buried in your smartphone as you comb through the various settings. But you can’t figure it out, and before you know it, the maximum eclipse is over, and not only did you miss the perfect photograph, but you missed the eclipse with the most important thing of all: your own eyes.
OCN to the rescue! Read our tips (taken from NASA itself!) before the eclipse begins, and get your smartphone camera all set up for success! Here’s what you need to know.
- Some smartphone models will obviously perform better than others. Don’t upgrade your phone just for the event, but if you already have one of these, your chances of a decent photo will be better: iPhone 7, Google Pixel, and Samsung Galaxy S8.
- Turn off both your flash and autofocus to eliminate your phone camera trying to overcorrect and compensate for the light. To turn off autofocus on an iPhone, open your camera app and tap on the screen and hold until the words “AE/AF Lock” appear. Your autofocus is now off.