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How to photograph Monday's solar eclipse

Last Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 5:54 am EST

Monday afternoon, Toronto will witness a rare solar eclipse. Between 1:10 p.m. and 3:49 p.m., 70 per cent of the sun will be covered by the moon; a dark shadow with a small visible crescent.

If you plan on experiencing this event, you’ll want to protect your eyes with solar eclipse glasses that are ISO-certified (approved by the International Organisation for Standardization). You will also want to protect your camera.

According to Brennan Caverhill, a photography teacher who has experience snapping astronomical events, there are tricks if you plan on taking a picture on your cellphone. The Toronto Catholic District School Board teacher offered the following tips:

  • Get a second pair of use you solar eclipse glasses to cover the lens of the camera
  • Don’t stare directly at the screen
  • Look away when taking the picture


Caverhill also shared some tips for photography buffs.

He says you can get away with a neutral or polarised filter a solar filter is better. He also says to avoid long lens and exposure

“There was a guy who had a really long lens, a 600 mm lens, which was kind of like a telescope. He opened the exposure for six seconds and it melted the sensor of the camera,” he said.

The best place to witness a total solar eclipse is in the United States, between Oregon and South Carolina.

In Toronto, the city will be closing all outdoor pools for 30 minutes during the eclipse. “The pools will close between 2:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. due to low sunlight levels. We would appreciate participants’ cooperation during this time and apologize in advance for any inconvenience,” the city’s website reads.

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