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    Equipment and camera settings you need for better moon photography


    The post Equipment and camera settings that you need for better moon photography first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jeremy Flint.

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    Super Moon, Oxford, England

    As the brightest object in the night sky, the moon has fascinated people around the world for centuries. The moon is simply fascinating, especially with the recent 50th anniversary of the first people landing on the moon. It is also one of the most incredible subjects to learn to photograph. Everyone likes to observe the moon, but have you ever looked at the sky at night and thought, "How can I capture this wonderful phenomenon?" Well, since photographing the moon can be a challenging undertaking, I have some information about the Moon and recommendations regarding equipment and camera settings that you should consider to achieve better moon photography.

    It is initially worth considering what the moon actually is. In general, the term 'Moon' Indicates an object orbiting around something other than the star in a solar system. Earth's moon is an astronomical body that orbits around the planet and acts as its only permanent natural satellite that orbits the Earth every 27.3 days. It is the fourth largest moon in the solar system and is on average 384403 kilometers (238857 miles) from the Earth.

    If you look up at the night sky to view the peaceful and calm moon, you may notice that the moon looks a little different every night. This is due to the many phases and types of our moon.

    Phases of the moon

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    Partial lunar eclipse, England

    The amount of sunlight that reflects on the surface of the moon that we can see from our vantage point on Earth varies every day, and this is what we call a moon phase.

    During the lunar month, lunar phases change from a new moon (which occurs when the sun and the moon are aligned, with the sun and the earth on either side of the moon) into a crescent moon (when a thin strip of the moon is visible becomes after a new moon), first quarter (the moment the moon reaches the first quarter of its orbit around the earth), crescent moon, full moon, waning moon, third moon and waning half moon.

    Different types of full moons

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    Super Blue Blood Moon, Oxford

    A full moon occurs when the moon-facing side of the moon is fully illuminated by the sun. There are different types of unusual full moons that look different in color and size due to their position in relation to the sun and the earth. These include blood moons (which appear reddish and occur during a total lunar eclipse, when the earth is between the moon and the sun); Supermoons (a moon that appears larger because it is closer to Earth), Blue Moons (the ' extra ' moon in a season with four full moons or the second full moon in a calendar month) and Harvest Moons (the full, clear moon that is closest to the beginning of autumn), for example.

    The equipment

    When shooting the full moon or different phases of the moon you need a number of essential devices. I recommend using a tripod for stability. Although you may get away with controlling your camera, you will get better results by mounting your camera on a tripod and preventing camera shake. In addition, an external shutter cable is a handy package to prevent camera shake. It is not essential because you can use the self-timer function of your camera.

    Which lens to use

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    Moon over the landscape, Dartmoor, England

    The type of lens that you use depends largely on whether you want to capture the moon in the landscape, or as a detailed close-up. Wide-angle lenses are great for photographing the moon as it moves across an interesting landscape. Alternatively, a telephoto lens is an excellent choice to get closer to the moon to reveal the details of the surface. Consider using a lens with a long focal length with a range of 300 – 400 mm.

    Which camera settings to use

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    Moonrise, England

    After choosing a lens and placing your camera on a tripod, you must select your settings. First of all, I would recommend setting your ISO to 100 to prevent noise and graininess in your images. Then select an aperture in the f / 8 – f / 16 area to take sharper and cleaner shots. In terms of shutter speed, 1/60 to 1/125 should be a great starting point.

    Focus on the moon

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    Moon and sky, England

    Once you have applied the settings, all you have to do is adjust the focus of your camera. I like to use the manual focus of my camera to focus on the moon. As soon as the focus distance to the moon looks sharp with the help of manual focus, you are ready to photograph the moon.

    My experience is that manual focus works better than autofocus, because the surface of the moon is sometimes too dark to be recognized by camera autofocus, and I think manual focus is more reliable when taking sharper pictures with little light. By using manual focus, if your camera settings are not perfect for any reason, you still have reasonably sharp pictures that you can restore in your editing software.

    If you apply all of these tips, you will achieve better moon photography and you will be equipped to photograph the moon at the best moment.


    In short, photographing the moon is one of the nicest subjects any photographer can learn. Use a tripod to take better photos of the different phases and types of the moon. Also consider an external cable release, choose a wide-angle or telephoto lens, adjust your settings properly and focus your camera manually on the moon.

    Do you have any other tips for better moon photography? Or share your photos from the natural satellite of the Earth or the moon that shines brightly over your chosen scene with us below.

    better moon photography

    The post Equipment and camera settings that you need for better moon photography first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jeremy Flint.

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