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Photographer's tips on how to get the perfect shot of the eclipse

Photographer's tips on how to get the perfect shot of the eclipse

The partial eclipse of the sun is set to be an astronomical event that’s not to be missed.

Stargazers will be looking to the skies to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon, the biggest solar eclipse that’s been seen in Scotland in 61-years.

And there will be plenty who want to capture the moment for their scrapbooks and photo albums.

We’ve enlisted the help of Dundee photographer Jamie Whyte, of Foxhound Photography, to give us hints, tips and advice when it comes to taking the very best shot of the event.

  • Don’t look directly at the sun with your eyes or through your camera.

  • Do NOT keep your camera pointed at the sun for any length of time unless you have a solar filter or a very strong nd filter on the lens.

  • Use the biggest lens you have i.e 300mm+

  • If you have a tripod, use it.

  • Focus your camera on something far away in the distance, or set your lens to infinity (as focusing on the sun could damage your eyes and camera sensor).

  • Set your aperture between f8 and f16 and set your shutter speed to around 1/4000 and take a shot. If it's too dark, change your shutter speed to 1/3000 and so on until you get an exposure you are happy with. Also if you have any filters, use them and bring the shutter speed down more.

  • If your camera can bracket, use that and your exposure should turn out quite well.

  • Once the eclipse is at its height, you can remove any filters and lower your shutter speed right down as the sun will be mostly hidden behind the moon.

  • As this is not a total eclipse, do not look directly at the sun as it can still do damage to your eyes.

  • Practice your settings before the eclipse so you know what you are doing before it happens. You don’t want to miss it because you are too busy trying to set up your camera.

  • Have fun and be careful.

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