Once the safety implications of viewing the Sun are digested, understood, and committed to memory, it is as easy to view and photograph as the Moon. Of all the branches of amateur astronomy in recent years, it is the one that has advanced the most. Indeed, it is a personal favorite of many amateurs, partly because of its newness/novelty value but also because the Sun is the most changeable of all the naturally occurring objects in the sky.
Few astronomers specifically set out to become a solar observer. It is the lack of ability to do night time observing from temperate latitudes in summer that inspired people to take an interest, although some of the excellent photographs taken are inspirational, too.