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How to photograph the moon Moon photos are a real topic of conversation when done right. Unfortunately, it's not just about aiming yo...

How to photograph the moon

Moon photos are a real topic of conversation when done right. Unfortunately, it's not just about aiming your camera at the moon and shooting; Doing so may be tempting, but it won't be worth seeing the final photo, let alone sharing it with others. Instead, once you know what you need through a lens and how to adjust the aperture and shutter speed, you can get great shots of the moon. With a little knowledge of photography, the moon could become one of your favorite subjects.

Choose a suitable lens that is 200mm or larger. After all, there is a lot of sky and the moon is just a small ball from where you are standing. Choosing a good lens will improve the entire appearance of your photo. A telephoto lens is the best lens for lunar photography. The minimum to ensure good detail is 300mm, but even better is a lens with a focal length of close to 500mm. This latest lens will give you the image of a full moon approximately 15mm in diameter on your film or digital sensor.


Consider what makes the moon so bright. It's sunlight! We see the moon because of the sunlight reflected from the surface of the moon. The moon is, therefore, its subject to sunlight. As such, setting up your camera for night exposure will not work as well because you will probably need daytime settings to counteract bright light. You can try various photography "rules", though it's still worth experimenting because your local conditions may make the rules not work for you, while something else might work better for you. Consider trying the following:

For Nikon cameras, set the ISO to the optimum level of 200. For Canon cameras, the ISO should be set to 200.
Shoot at f / 16 with a shutter speed of 1/200.
For Nikon cameras; Due to atmospheric haze and dust, etc., you may need to shoot at f / 5 with a shutter speed of 1/250 seconds.
For Canon cameras; Due to atmospheric haze and dust, etc., you may need to shoot at f / 7 with a shutter speed of 1/300 second.
Try shooting at f / 11 at 1/300 of a second for Nikon and f / 11 at 1/250 for Canon

The aperture at f / 11, ISO 100, 1/125 to 1/250 is the optimal range depending on atmospheric conditions.

Shot with a Canon 5D Mk III at ISO 100, f / 11, 1/350 seconds, 5200K using a tripod and shutter release. Sigma 150-600mm lens. Just before sunset.

Shot with a Nikon D4 at ISO 200, f/11, 1/200 second B&W, 4900K, using a tripod and shutter release. lens, Nikkor 300mm. 200% crop factor. With clear skies.

Stabilize your camera

Find a suitable resting place for the camera. It is important to keep the camera as still as possible for a moon shot. A tripod is ideal, especially with the long focal length of the lens. However, if you are walking at night and have not managed to carry a tripod, rest on a rock, fence, car, etc. for greater stability. Another great piece of equipment is a trigger cable. Rather than having to physically touch the camera (and thus potentially wobble it), a shutter release cable lets you take the photo without touching the camera again once it's set up. However, if you don't have one, use the shutter lag set to 3-10 seconds, long enough to take your hands off the camera.

Aperture at f/11, ISO 100, 1/125 to 1/250

Shoot the moon using manual focus

Focus the moon within your frame and set the exposure. Exposure time should be short and it is generally best to photograph the full moon. After carefully focusing the moon (and turning off auto focus) and setting your camera to one of the settings suggested above. Take test photos. You should get used to the ability of your camera to take photos from different angles and at different speeds. If starting speed doesn't work for you, play around until you find the one that produces the best shots. The important characteristics of the moon should be clearly seen in your photo (craters, the Man in the Moon, etc.).

Review your photos on the computer as soon as possible. Select the ones that produced the best photos and study them closely. What do those photos have that appeal to you and how can you recreate that effect every time?

There's no need to try out varied black and white, sepia and color settings to see which one provides the best look for every moon. The changing color of the moon, the contrast created by the regions of interest and the angel deviation from sunlight provide everything a photographer could ask for.


Hope this article benefits you. Try to use the camera and settings you are most comfortable with based on what you are trying to achieve. There is no wrong or right way to photograph the Moon. It all depends on what you want the final image to show. Detailed photography of Luna requires a CCD camera sensor and reflecting telescope.



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