Using a Basic Camera - part 2

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During totality, increase the exposure time or lower the f/stop (if possible) or use the flash option for automatic cameras (make sure the flash is covered properly). A small camera, mounted on a tripod, with a "bulb" setting so that it can be held open for a half second or more can get some great pictures of the coronal streamers and surrounding bright planets.

It can also be used to obtain horizon color changes and group pictures. There is about as much light as a full moon during totality allowing you to see the camera settings and other people. The sky near the horizon is bright and gets darker towards the eclipse. Foreground objects will be dark in comparison to the background sky. To get a picture of people during the eclipse, use a long exposure and orient camera to be looking down on the observers or with a darker background behind them. When doing this sort of picture it is critical to remember NO FLASH!

70mm 1 second
Zambia 2001 - 70mm lens, tripod mounted,
2 seconds
Shadow people
Hand held digital camera - camera lower than subjects
Nancy Little
Hand held digital camera from standing position - above subjects, shows more horizon

Zimbabwe 2002
Hand held 50mm SLR Zimbabwe


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