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‘A bit of a letdown:’ Your camera and the eclipse

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — With the solar eclipse being a once-in-a-lifetime event — people are going to want to remember it. But is it even possible to capture a good picture or video of the eclipse?

When it comes to capturing moments like a solar eclipse, protecting your camera is just as crucial as safeguarding your eyes. “The camera is just as susceptible to the damage that you can get looking directly at the sun, or you looking directly at the eclipse can do,” said Christye Sisson, Professor of photographic sciences at RIT.

Sisson says filters, like those used in eclipse glasses, act as a shield, allowing you to capture the celestial event without risking damage to your phone’s camera sensor. The sensor essentially allows you to capture images in the first place.

What happens if it’s cloudy for the eclipse?

Even on cloudy days, when the sun might seem less intense, your phone’s lens still needs protection. However, with the right precautions, filming the eclipse is technically possible.

However, Sisson tells News 8, that recording or capturing the eclipse may not end up how you think. “Sometimes there can be a bit of a letdown when trying to photograph an event like this. If you’ve ever photographed a spectacular sunset, and had a bit of a letdown once you saw the image,” she said.

Sisson says some of that can be attributed to a mechanism of your smartphone to get a very wide view— which makes things, like the sun, seem small. “So that eclipse— it’s going to be a tiny tiny thing in most people’s photographs,” she said.

2024 total eclipse events in the Rochester region

Sisson adds the safest are generally ISO-certified filters, there are apps to help you capture the event, and when it comes to eclipse-related information she recommends searching NASA resources.

But, she reminds everyone, that the most important thing is protecting your eyes.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — With the solar eclipse being a once-in-a-lifetime event — people are going to want to remember it. But is it even possible to capture a good picture or video of the eclipse?

When it comes to capturing moments like a solar eclipse, protecting your camera is just as crucial as safeguarding your eyes. “The camera is just as susceptible to the damage that you can get looking directly at the sun, or you looking directly at the eclipse can do,” said Christye Sisson, Professor of photographic sciences at RIT.

Sisson says filters, like those used in eclipse glasses, act as a shield, allowing you to capture the celestial event without risking damage to your phone’s camera sensor. The sensor essentially allows you to capture images in the first place.
What happens if it’s cloudy for the eclipse?
Even on cloudy days, when the sun might seem less intense, your phone’s lens still needs protection. However, with the right precautions, filming the eclipse is technically possible.

However, Sisson tells News 8, that recording or capturing the eclipse may not end up how you think. “Sometimes there can be a bit of a letdown when trying to photograph an event like this. If you’ve ever photographed a spectacular sunset, and had a bit of a letdown once you saw the image,” she said.

Sisson says some of that can be attributed to a mechanism of your smartphone to get a very wide view— which makes things, like the sun, seem small. “So that eclipse— it’s going to be a tiny tiny thing in most people’s photographs,” she said.
2024 total eclipse events in the Rochester region
Sisson adds the safest are generally ISO-certified filters, there are apps to help you capture the event, and when it comes to eclipse-related information she recommends searching NASA resources.

But, she reminds everyone, that the most important thing is protecting your eyes. Read More Eclipse LocalRochesterFirst  

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