Shoot the moon!
For some of us, getting the perfect picture of the moon seems like just that. A lofty goal.
But thanks to modern technology, it is a bit easier than it has been in years past.
By now you probably already know that Monday’s moon will be one of the brightest and appear bigger than it has in almost 70 years!
Much of the U.S. will be under clear skies. So, all that is left is the tricky part…
Getting that perfect shot might not be as difficult as you think!
A camera and a tripod.
These are essential! Okay, all jokes aside– we all knew about the camera, but what about the tripod?
You are going to want the camera to remain as steady as possible (we’ll get to why shortly) and the best way to do this is with a solid tripod.
The correct lens:
One with substantial zoom. 200mm or larger is ideal!
A normal lens makes the moon look tiny– we’ve all tried shoot the moon with our smartphones and it never quite captures the moon in it’s full glory.
Pro tip: By standing far from a large object like a city skyline or the horizon, you can make the moon look large in comparison by zooming in with your telephoto lens!
The real trick of the moon shot comes from the lack of light in the environment. You will still be relying on the sun, but this time the sun reflecting off the moon instead of the direct light illuminating your scenery.
Keep it low! 200 is a great place to start. Going down from there is never a bad idea.
This is lens depending, but a good place to start will be somewhere between f/11 and f/16.
This is why we have a tripod! We are going for a longer exposure to make up for the lack of light. The longer exposure will make any camera movement show up as blurriness in the picture!
Your starting point can be around 1/60th of a second but could change as drastically as all the way to 1/250th of a second. Everything from light pollution to atmospheric dust will affect your exposure of the shot!
There are endless variables that will affect your moon shot, so try a few shots and adjust your settings and start over!
But most importantly, don’t forget to take the time to enjoy this rare event!