The iPhone can be an option to use if you are considering taking pictures of the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017.
The United States will have a historical event take place throughout the states on August 21st, the total solar eclipse is scheduled to be in view, some will be able to view the eclipse partially, while others in total, it all depends on which state and region you live in. If you just so happen live in any of these 14 states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, you should be about to view the entire solar eclipse. The viewing time will also play a factor on where you live as well, the Oregon region (PDT) should be able to view it at 10:17 a.m., the Nebraska region (CDT) around 1:12 p.m., the Tennessee region (CDT) around 1:27 p.m., and the South Carolina region (EDT) around 2:41 p.m.
Now for a few rules or guidelines to follow if you are planning to use your iPhone to capture the moment. First, be sure to wear protective eyewear, preferably ISO-certified eclipse glasses so you won’t damage your eyes. When using the iPhone built-in camera app or a third-party app, make sure to disable flash, and use the automatic exposure settings, if you do have to make adjustments select a focus point, and perform any manual adjustments from there.
It’s also best to avoid using digital zoom pass 1x on most iPhones, and 2x on iPhone 7 Plus since this will cause the image to distort without improving the details of the image. Another suggestion would be to download an app which will allow you more flexibility in setting your desired exposure factors. One more option is to use a clip-on telephoto lens, you might have to experiment at night before the eclipse date to get a feel of different shots of the moon to see how large and detail the moon appears in your shot. Most of all, have an enjoyable time watching and taking pictures with your iPhone of the solar eclipse.