With an outstanding natural event set to occur this Friday, many of you may want to get a snapshot of the partial solar eclipse. Set to begin at around 8.30am, the peak of the eclipse will be between 9.28am and 9.32am, where 80 per cent of the sun will be covered by the moon. This will be a spectacular sight for anyone on a glamping & luxury camping holiday, as long as there is clear line of sight to the sky.
As many people will know, staring directly at the eclipse can be harmful to our eyes, and wearing sunglasses does not help, and can sometimes actually cause more damage. However, precautions must be taken on photographic equipment as well! Here are a few ways you can ensure you stay free from harm, whilst capturing some unforgettable images of one of nature’s beautiful events:
- A camera lens works very much like the lens of our eye, in the way it amplifies the brightness of the sun. The use of a solar filter is highly recommended, as this limits the amount of light that the lens allows to enter the camera.
- If you are using a compact camera where the viewfinder is separate to the lens, it may well be worth covering that with a filter as well!
- If you have access to an SLR camera, this is arguably the best option to use, as it is more capable of handling the complex characteristics that occur during a solar eclipse, and will help to give you a much clearer picture.
- It is best to set your ISO setting to as low as it will possibly go. When you adjust the ISO setting, you are changing how sensitive your camera is to the light. The higher the number, the more sensitive it will be. You will then want to shoot with an aperture of f/8 (to help with a sharper background) and use the fastest shutter speed you have available.
- If the Sun is overexposed, use a faster shutter speed or smaller aperture. If it is underexposed, set a slower shutter speed or a wider aperture. It is advised to test this out before the event, by pre-focusing on an object in the distance, then switching from autofocus to manual so that the camera does not refocus itself. This should help shooting the event itself easier.
- Try not to zoom in too much, as you may miss out on some of the best visual features that are offered by a solar eclipse.
- Finally, try and take as many photos as possible! If you have the capability on your camera, you can try and use the rapid capture feature, where a number of photos are taken in quick succession. Not all of your photos will turn out quite as you may have hoped, but the more you take, the higher the chances of you getting one that is just right!