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How can I photograph a total solar eclipse using the JVC GR-DVL520U (still shot and/or video? Will I need any attachments? My main concerns are manually varying the exposure and shutter speeds. 2 or 3 pieces of FULLY DEVELOPED black & white film work fine for sighting in at partial phase, & I have a tripod.

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Hmmm... Even if it's fully developed, I wouldn't recommend you do this. You can get a number 14 welders glass from any welding supply company. Such filters usually have a thin layer of aluminum, chromium or silver deposited on their surfaces that attenuates ultraviolet, visible, and infrared energy. And even though the developed film has silver within it, it is not designed, optically, for photographic work. The welder's glass is reasonably priced and you ensure your eyes won't get damaged AND has good optical quality. After the fact is too late to change any damage done by inferior viewing devices.

If you're using a video camera with an LCD viewing screen, you don't need any protection. Exposure will be more than likely overexposed though and you may want to consider a 3-5 stop Neutral Density filter or a Number 14 welder's glass in front of the lens to cut down on the intensity of the light.

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You can safely use a glass solar filter which attaches to the front of the scope. Tape it on for extra safety.

You can attach a piece of solar-protective film to the front aperture of the scope. Do so securely.

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DO NOT look directly at a solar eclipse... You will do permanent damage to your eyes. If your camera has a "live view" LCD screen (Where you can look at the LCD while composing the image), use it to view the eclipse. DO NOT look at the eclipse through an SLR lens or other OPTICAL viewfinder unless you have the proper equipment in place to protect your eyes. You will typically want to use your full optical zoom on the camera to make the image and set the ISO setting to its' LOWEST possible setting. You will have TONS of light, so a low setting will reduce noise, giving you a much higher quality image. If you have exposure compensation on your camera, set it to underexpose by at least two full stops. Since the scene is so bright, it will fool a light meter, thus the need for this compensation. Also remember to use a tripod as well. When you use telephoto lenses, it magnifies shake introduced when you hand-hold a camera. If you're using an SLR camera, you will need a filter to view the eclipse through... here is a site that will give you GREAT detail on safely viewing a solar eclipse:

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