WICHITA FALLS, TX - The Solar Eclipse on August 21 is predicted to be the most photographed eclipse in history. Costly damage can be done not only to the camera, but also the human eye if the proper equipment isn't applied.
Ben Jacobi works for Metro Photo and has photographed several solar eclipses. This will be the first total solar eclipse in America cell phones will be used to take pictures of the eclipse.
"The biggest issue is that the UV rays that come from the sun go into the camera sensor and it's kind of like taking a magnified glass. You know how you burn ants on the ground. It's kind of the same concept," Jacobi said.
Research shows that most phones will be fine as long as exposure to the sun is less than a couple of seconds.
"Whenever you leave it on there you're more likely to actually burn into the image sensor and damage your cell phone or your camera or whatever it is you're using," Jacobi said.
He said the best way to photograph the eclipse is to be prepared with the proper gear.
"Preferably you want to use a DSLR because that will be higher quality to begin with and the lenses are also higher quality and they make filers a little bit more easily for those,' Jacobi said.
Filters work for a camera the same way the solar eclipse glasses work for eyes.
"They isolate the UV light. They also block out the ambient light going into lens so you can safely photograph and view through the camera," Jacobi said.
He said without a filter photography becomes extremely dangerous.
"The mirror actually bounces light from in here up into the viewfinder and through your eye. So if you can imagine the suns rays coming in here and bouncing right up into your eye that can be very very hazardous," Jacobi said.
Solar filters are sold for phones too. According to a NASA study most phones are fine use. ISO verified solar lenses for eyes can also be placed over a phone. Phones with higher picture quality are at a greater risk for damage. These phones are listed below.
Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus
Huawei Mate 9
NASA also warns eyes can be damaged when trying to take photos with cell phones because they won't be protected by a solar lens.
Metro Photo is completely sold out of solar filters. They are on back order for at least three weeks, but you can prepare for the next solar eclipse that is coming through Texas in 2024.