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How to take still photographs of solar eclipse

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DO NOT look directly at a solar eclipse... You will do permanent damage to your eyes. If your camera has a "live view" LCD screen (Where you can look at the LCD while composing the image), use it to view the eclipse. DO NOT look at the eclipse through an SLR lens or other OPTICAL viewfinder unless you have the proper equipment in place to protect your eyes. You will typically want to use your full optical zoom on the camera to make the image and set the ISO setting to its' LOWEST possible setting. You will have TONS of light, so a low setting will reduce noise, giving you a much higher quality image. If you have exposure compensation on your camera, set it to underexpose by at least two full stops. Since the scene is so bright, it will fool a light meter, thus the need for this compensation. Also remember to use a tripod as well. When you use telephoto lenses, it magnifies shake introduced when you hand-hold a camera. If you're using an SLR camera, you will need a filter to view the eclipse through... here is a site that will give you GREAT detail on safely viewing a solar eclipse:
\015\012http://www.mreclipse.com/Special/filters.html
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\015\012If you want to purchase one for your lens, go to any astronomy equipment sales site or telescope manufacturer. Hope this helps and good luck with the eclipse!
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How to take still photographs of solar eclipse


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