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Learn How To Photograph The Moon

If you want to learn how to photography the moon, this tutorial is for you. You'll learn what settings, equipment and techniques you need to know to capture a sharp shot of the moon.

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Photographing the moon sounds simple but it can be a bit harder to accomplish than it first seems on paper as capturing a pin-sharp and perfectly exposed image of the moon needs quite a bit of know-how and the right kit. 

The two common problems with moon photography are that the image is either overexposed (too bright) and/or it's blurry because of camera shake but with a few tips from The School Of Photography and you'll soon have perfected your moon photography technique in no time. 


"In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to photograph the moon in all its glory," The School Of Photography. 

When you hit play on the above tutorial you'll learn that location is important as the darker, the better and the best time to photograph the moon is when the sky is clear as it doesn't matter if it's a full or crescent moon, it will look great. 


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Kit-wise, you'll need a telephoto lens, tripod, teleconverter and a cable release or remote then you can either capture your shots manually or use your camera's touch screen shooting mode (if it has one) to make life a bit easier. 

Here are two ways you can photograph the moon successfully. 

Option 1 - Using Your Touch Screen:

  • Set the camera to its Aperture Priority mode.
  • Set the Aperture to f/11.
  • Set the ISO to 100 or as near to this as your camera allows.
  • Set your metering to Spot Metering.
  • Turn on your camera's 10-second timer.
  • Turn on Touch Screen Shooting mode.
  • Frame your shot, touch the screen where the moon is. 
  • Let the camera do its work. 

Option 2 - Manual Mode: 

  • Set the camera to its Manual mode.
  • Set the Aperture to f/11.
  • Set the ISO to 100 or as near to this as your camera allows.
  • Set the shutter speed to 1/125th of a second (adjust as needed to make the shot lighter/darker).
  • Turn on your camera’s 10-second timer or use a cable release.
  • Take the shot

For more advice, The Photography School has created a free downloadable moon photography guide which you can find on their website

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