DIY: Create Your Own Camera Solar Filter 0

While the technology behind the Ultra-HDR imaging camera is still being developed, here’s a DIY solar filter tutorial that will allow you to take pictures of any object with an incredibly bright light.

The instructions are made and explained by Instructables user Analogue-Chick. But before you get started, the author of this DIY project warns everyone that there’s no guarantee that this filter is safe. However, she did mention that for your safety, you should ONLY use the LCD screen for viewing. As for the camera, she said that almost all sensors are equipped with IR cut-off filter and UV-absorbing thin film, so there should be no need to worry about your gadget.

David Galloway of Lifehacker suggested you should try this first with a five-year-old point-and-shoot camera. So if anything goes wrong, you won’t try to blame yourself for damaging your expensive DSLR camera.

Okay, now that we are done tackling the safety precautions, here are the materials that you need:

  • Compact disc
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • Electrical and clear tape
  • Cutters and scissors
  • Plastic ruler
  • Marker

If you have all the materials ready, hit the source link to follow the complete step-by-step instructions on how to create your first solar filter.

Remember, don’t use the filter to view the sun right away, test it first on a bulb or any bright lights in your living room. If the contour of the bulb is clearly visible, then it’s safe to use the filter on the sun. Again, don’t look directly through the camera lens.

Here’s a sample output on what you’ll get in using the DIY solar filter:

A photo of the transit of Venus last June 2012 taken using the solar filter.

[Instructables via Lifehacker]