Millions are travelling across the globe to experience the total solar eclipse on August 21. Many would be carrying DSLRs to capture the moment and also have been warned to protect their camera lenses with proper solar filters. But what about smartphones? What if the solar eclipse can be captured through the smartphone without using the fancy cameras. Here are some general guidelines for taking successful smartphone photos of the solar eclipse.
Tips for taking a successful photograph with a smartphone:
Step 1: Use a tripod stand or rest your smartphone on a stable surface to avoid shaking.
Step 2: Make manual adjustments. Focus on the eclipse by tapping the image on the screen and darkening or lightening the exposure according to the light. Disclaimer! DO NOT RELY ON YOUR SMARTPHONE’S AUTOFOCUS.
Step 3: For Apple iPhone, iPad users a sun icon will appear when you tap the image. Slide the exposure accordingly. However, on Android cameras, the exposure setting can be found by tapping the gear icon.
Note- NASA claims that zooming in with your smartphone will not alter the resolution of your shot. For a higher resolution shot, you will need telephoto lenses to clip directly over the existing smartphone lens.
Meanwhile, the new version of Android is all set to be launched on August 21. The eighth version of its operating system will be launched on the day when the solar Eclipse will sweep across the entire United States for the first time since 1918. Google has claimed that the new technology will bring some super new powers. The launch of Android O will have a live stream from New York, which will start at 2.40 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) while Indian viewers can watch at 12.10 AM. Android O is supposed to be 8th version as the company released the first version of this operating system – Gingerbread – on 9 February 2011.