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Photographers, Experts Say it's OK to Shoot Solar Eclipse with Smartphones

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Amid the debate over whether or not shooting the solar eclipse with a smartphone will cause damage to the device, photographers and experts say most cellphones do not capture enough light to do any harm.

Smartphone cameras are "generally very small (about 2 millimeters) and do not admit enough light," according to NASA.

Kevin Marquess, cellphone repairman and owner of Marquess IT Solutions, agrees.

"Cellphone cameras are actually meant to take a little bit more abuse than regular cameras," Marquess said.

Additionally, NASA points out that, "Most digital cameras have an auto mode in which they will automatically reduce the exposure speed and increase the f/stop to take the photo, and this will not harm the camera."

A feature that will protect your phone, but may cost you the perfect photo, according to Everything Ocean City & Delmarva Live, a professional photography group. 

"[The picture will be] way overblown out. If you're shooting directly at the sun, it's always too much light, so you're going to get very little depth of the picture," said Natalie Hemphill of Everything Ocean City & Delmarva Live. 

Experts point out that more powerful digital cameras that take in a greater level of light are at a greater risk of damage if pointed at the sun.

NASA says the safest way to shoot the eclipse using your smartphone is by holding a pair of filtered eclipse glasses over the lens. 

Experts warn that attempting to photograph the eclipse increases the chance of accidentally glimpsing the sun with the naked eye, causing damage. 

 

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