patty
Lv 5
patty asked in Consumer ElectronicsCameras · 2 months ago

I was trying to take a photo of a red sun but when I looked through the lense it was white. this happened with camera and phone camera?

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  • 2 months ago
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    You need a filter to take a photo of the sun .

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Answer is for entertainment purposes only. Zero liability. 

    Have seen images of severe burn damage to professional camera lenses and shutters when people tried to photograph the eclipse wrong.

    Attach a solar filter to the end of lenses to protect the lens elements and camera sensor.

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  • Frank
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It would help greatly if you posted the image.  It could be that the cameras somehow didn't get the color temperature right.  It could be that the exposure was incorrect which would result in the Sun being recorded as a white blob.

    You say "when you looked through the lens" but you don't look through the lens in a smartphone.  The only way to "look through the lens" of any camera is to use DSLR, SLR or some camera where you're actually looking through the lens as opposed to looking at an LCD screen.  What you see in the LCD screen is only an interpretation of what the camera's sensor detected.  If the camera's dynamic range is shallow, it may not be able to render the scene without blowing out the Sun.  However, if you were to lower the brightness of the scene, then the Sun would have been red even if with a smartphone.  I think what was causing the problem was that the exposure was too high - either because of the camera's auto setting or your manual setting.  The Sun is too bright for most cameras to properly photograph it unless the Sun is behind clouds or you use a neutral density filter.  Often the camera simply can't use an aperture small enough in conjunction with a shutter speed that is fast enough to properly expose the Sun.  When this happens, the red color is gone and the Sun shows up as a white orb.

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Perfectly normal. What you see isn't exactly what the camera sees. You will have to manually adjust the settings to get close to what you actually see.

    It's bad to look at the sun through the lens with an optical viewfinder but since you said that what you saw is different then I guess you're using an electronic viewfinder so no harm done.

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  • lare
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    sensory overload.  the camera(s) you tried are unable to iris down to prevent over-load of the light sensors.  the default color for overloaded pixels is white.  the only way to capture the true color of the direct sun is to use neutral density filters, but that will make the rest of the imaged entirely black. that won't be a very interesting picture.

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  • qrk
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    This is where you use manual exposure controls. Alternatively, you may try using exposure compensation (some minus number), but there probably isn't enough range.

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  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    NEVER look at the sun through a lens !  There are ways to photograph the sun that won't blind you - learn them.

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