How to take a selfie with the solar eclipse

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Thousands of people will be flocking to the path of totality with cameras in hand for the solar eclipse, one Augusta University professor has a way to make sure you take the perfect selfie with your cell phone.

All it takes is practice, a full moon and a cellphone with a front flashing flash. Dr. Nathan Yanasak, an assistant professor for the Department of Radiology and Imaging has tried to come up with a surefire way to make sure you can take a selfie with the eclipse.

The last time an eclipse similar to this happened was in 1918 -- it's safe to say people were not Snapchatting or posting pictures on their Instagram accounts.

"Think about why we take cell phone pictures -- they're really sort of general shots to remember moments in time that are important," Yanasak says.

Yanasak is an amateur photographer in his free time. He likes doing night photography especially. "I started going outside and experimenting with it based on some of the parameters that I had and I started to come up with some decent pictures that I think are going to work when the eclipse happens."

Basically there's two ways. The first is taking a selfie with a full moon. The next one is around August 7th.

Using your front facing camera you need to focus on the moon. Then you can use your phone's camera settings to adjust the exposure. What you want to do is make sure the moon can be seen clearly and will not be too bright.

Prior to doing this you want to turn on your front flashing flash. You want to make sure this setting is ON not AUTO.

With one finger holding down on the moon, use a finger on your other hand to take the picture.

The second way is to do all of that except using a dimmed light in a big dark room.

Yanasak says it takes about an hour of practice to get this down, but stresses if you are not committed to taking this selfie do not do it. "You're gonna waste your time fiddling with your camera and you're gonna miss the actual eclipse - what a waste that is."

He says everyone should try to make it to the path of totality, to see this once in a lifetime event.

The key to making sure you get the perfect selfie with the eclipse is speed. "Do it quickly. Beginning to end can I do that in 30 seconds that's the key -- in which case you can take a picture of the eclipse and you can enjoy it at the same time," Yanasak says.

You can read more tips from Yanasak here.