The first two images were taken with the selfie lens on my iPhone7plus. I wasn’t planning on using that lens but I started experimenting with it at the first phase of the Eclipse and I really liked it. The final image is the more expected (and cropped) 82% Eclipse that we experienced here in the Tampa Bay area. We had a lot of fun at the office celebrating with a cookout and trying all sorts of ways to shoot the event. I hope you all had a good time too!
Here are some simple steps to take to shoot the Eclipse with your iPhone. First, to protect your eyes, please wear some approved eclipse glasses before looking at the Eclipse and the sun. Now onto the tips! 🙂
- Make sure you’ve cleaned the lens on your phone and turned off your flash. (The first part of this tip will make you happy, and the second part will make you and everyone around you happy.)
- If you have one, use a tripod. One that bends, grips and attaches anywhere is a good bet so you can put it on a branch or a truck mirror or wherever you might find yourself in this situation and since it’s low light (and you’ll be excited), a tripod is recommended.
- You don’t have to put a filter on your phone lens (especially when aiming at the sun for just a few seconds) but if you’re going to use one anyway or if you’re going to use autofocus (which I don’t recommend because it will probably distort it with too much light) you can simply use the filter from a pair of eclipse glasses. Just remember, if you use the ones from your shiny, happy face, you can’t then look up at the eclipse, have a second pair — please.
- If you want to skip autofocus (I will), you can manually focus. To do that just click and hold on the brightest part of the Eclipse for Auto Exposure/Auto Focus Lock. Once you get that you’ll see a little sun looking icon (to the right of the yellow box), that’s to control for exposure. Put your finger right on top of it and move it down a hair to knock down some of the intensity of the light. It will help to keep it from blowing out your photo. And, if you accidentally move your AE/AF because the icon is way too small (I hope they make that bigger in an update), don’t panic, just hold it down in the brightest spot again to refocus — it just takes a second.
- Shoot. That’s it. *Option to shoot. Burst mode: Click and hold the shutter button on your phone to get ten shots per second. You can also use your apple earbuds (for less shake) by clicking the volume buttons.
I hope these tips help and even if you don’t get one shot of the Eclipse I hope you watch it and I hope you enjoy it. If you miss your shot I hope you laugh about it and get a shot of that and then get some photos of the people around you — celebrate being there — I like that about you. 🙂
Happy Eclipse Day everyone!