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How To Photograph the Moon

By Michelle Ecker on January 04, 2016


The New York Institute of Photography is the world’s largest online photography school, and because we are, we often publish fun and useful photography tips on our photography blog. Please enjoy!

Although photographing the night sky can be made simpler with the use of a telescope, you don’t necessarily need to make that investment in order to capture some cool extraterrestrial shots. If you’d like to start by attempting to photograph the moon, here are some things to consider:

How To Photograph the Moon

1. Choose your time of day wisely. If you can, plan to photograph the moon while it is rising or setting- it will appear larger at these times.

2. Avoid a full moon. Surprisingly, you will actually be more likely to capture greater surface detail if you wait a few days after the moon is full.

3. Use a tripod. Because of the accuracy with which you’ll need to zoom and focus on such a distant subject, you’ll need that guaranteed steadiness on your side.

4. Avoid overexposure. Otherwise, all you’ll be left with is a shot of a bright circle and no detail.

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