With the solar eclipse almost upon us, it is important to remember that there is a real reason why it can be dangerous to photograph. If somehow you missed all the articles and news stories talking about how to watch and photograph the eclipse safely and you are planning to go out and shoot it last minute unprepared, here is one last example of what not to do.
Earlier this month I wrote an article on tips and tools to get the most out of this once maybe twice in a lifetime experience. Most importantly in the article, I discussed the different types of filters you need to make photographing the eclipse safe for your camera sensor.
The staff at a local camera store in Dubuque, Iowa called Everything Photography posted up a new video where they demonstrate just what can happen if you don't take proper precautions. With an old Canon T2i attached to what looks like a 400mm lens, you can clearly see just how the lens magnifies the suns rays into the camera's sensor melting it in under a minute. Even within seconds of placing the camera on the lens, you can start to see smoke coming from the camera. Another great point made in the video is to not look through your viewfinder if you are using an SLR camera. In the video, they point out how on the sidewalk you can see just how much even the viewfinder is magnifying the light. It's very reminiscent of little kids playing with a magnifying glass and unsuspecting ants.
There still may be time to get some proper sun filters from your local camera store, but supplies do sell out and a lot are already sold out.
[via Everything Photography]