Warnings about capturing the solar eclipse with your camera

Published: Aug. 20, 2017 at 12:53 PM EDT
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It's an image folks everywhere will want to capture Monday, the solar eclipse.

With that said, before grabbing your cell phone, you'll want to consider this, "The cell phone camera isn't going to pick up a good enough detail for you to actually see the eclipse and the other thing is, it can actually damage your cell phone," Optometrist Kelly O'Shea said.

If capturing an image of the eclipse is a must, you'll want to pick up a mini telephoto lens.

"It's a little attachment that goes on the front of the cellphone camera and it actually brings it about twice as close," Joel Quiggin, an employee of Mike's Camera said.

You will also want to make sure you are using a solar filter on your camera.

"The intensity of the sun could damage the sensor and that would require a service or replacement of the cell phone," Quiggin said.

We now know watching the eclipse on your screen, could cause damage to your phone , but what about to your eyes?

"A cell phone camera is just a digitized image of the projection that is gone through the camera, so you are not going to burn yourself by looking at that image," O'Shea said.

With that said, you'll want to avoid looking through the viewfinder of a camera. A strong lens could instantly blind you.

"If you are looking through a viewfinder in a camera, you are actually concentrating all that light onto your macula and really create a burn in the back of your eye," O'Shea added.

Bottom line, just be sure to keep it safe and don't forget to use eclipse glasses or a solar filter.