Taking pictures of a solar eclipse with a cellphone camera requires careful planning and execution to ensure both the safety of your eyes and the protection of your camera's lens. Here's a detailed guide on how to do it safely:

Understanding the Risks

1. Eye Safety: Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage or blindness.

2. Camera Damage: Direct sunlight can damage the camera sensor.


1. Research: Understand the phases of the eclipse and timings for your location.

2. Equipment Check: Ensure your phone's camera is in good working condition.

Safety Equipment

1. Solar Filters: Purchase a certified solar filter or eclipse glasses. These are essential for direct viewing and photographing of the eclipse.

2. Tripod: A tripod stabilizes your phone, reducing blurriness.

3. Remote Shutter Release: This helps avoid shaking the camera when taking pictures.

Setting Up

1. Attach the Solar Filter: Securely attach the solar filter to your phone's camera. Do not remove it until the eclipse is in the totality phase (if applicable).

2. Positioning: Set up your tripod and phone in a stable location with a clear view of the eclipse.

3. Focus and Exposure: Manually focus on the sun and adjust exposure settings. Auto-focus and auto-exposure might struggle with the brightness of the eclipse.

During the Eclipse

1. Partial Phases: Keep the solar filter on during the partial phases of the eclipse.

2. Totality: Only during the totality phase (when the moon completely covers the sun), it's safe to remove the filter. This phase lasts only a few minutes.

3. Photographing: Use the remote shutter release to take pictures to avoid shaking.

4. Monitor Your Phone: Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause your phone to overheat. Monitor its temperature.

Additional Tips

1. Practice Shots: Take practice shots on days leading up to the eclipse to familiarize yourself with your camera settings.

2. Use Apps: Some apps are designed to help photograph eclipses. They can assist with timing and exposure settings.

3. Battery and Memory: Ensure your phone has enough battery life and memory space.

4. Backup Plan: Have a backup plan in case of technical issues or bad weather.

5. Enjoy the Moment: Remember to take some time to enjoy the eclipse with your own eyes (with eclipse glasses on during partial phases).


1. Review and Edit: Review your photos and use photo editing software to enhance them.

2. Share Your Experience: Consider sharing your eclipse photos and experience on social media or with local astronomy groups.

Safety Reminder

- Never look at the sun through your phone's camera without a solar filter. The concentrated sunlight can damage your eyes.

- Be aware of your surroundings. Don't let the excitement of the eclipse distract you from traffic or other hazards.


Photographing a solar eclipse with a cellphone camera can be a rewarding experience if done safely and with the right preparation. By following these detailed steps, you can capture this celestial event while protecting yourself and your equipment.

Roger Sarkis