Full Moon Photography: Quick Tips for a Perfect Shot

While you wait for the full Moon, you need to make the necessary preparation to get the best shot. This tutorial will take you through every single step towards a crisp clear shot of the full Moon. The process is a combination of right gear, necessary knowledge and visual tricks.

The Moon is the brightest celestial object in the night sky and the nearest to Earth as well. So it is quite easy to take a nice shot even with a normal telephoto camera. But proper knowledge and right techniques can help you get the extra-ordinary shot you always wished for.

Find the right gear

  • Mark Theissen, a National Geographic photographer was asked what gear is necessary to perfectly photograph the moon. His answer was, Find the biggest lens you can (You’ll need a lens of 300mm or longer) and then add a teleconverter lens. This will ensure you capture lunar details.
  • Get a tripod to avoid camera shakes during the photography.

Choose the right conditions

  • To photograph the Moon with maximum perfection, you want a clear and cloudless sky. Check the weather forecast for the day you are planning the photography.
  • Air pollution in densely populated areas can also adversely affect the quality of your shot. If possible drive to a place where you think the sky is cleaner.

Play the trick

After you ensure all the abovementioned rules, now is the time to see if you can use any visual tricks for a better photograph.

The trick: Seeing the Moon near the horizon with structures like buildings, trees, or mountains for scale plays a trick on the mind that makes the moon seem slightly bigger. Capturing with this mindset, and including these points of references, will result in a much richer photograph.

Related: Supermoon of a Lifetime: Closest Full Moon In Seven Decades

Full Moon Photography
Credit: Tammayya Meesala

Finally add some flavor

Getting the right shot is surely the dream, but with a little use of Photoshop, you can expand the bounds of your photograph.

Photoshop is a tool I use everyday,another tool in your lighting kit. Neutrally-lit photos can be edited in a wide range of ways, from color correction to shadow emphasis, turning otherwise fairly average images into powerfully detailed masterpieces. Says photographer Andrew Scrivani

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