Photography technique – First Time Moon Photography.

Nature Photo Album - Moon Photography

The moon is nothing strange and yet, moon photography can be very challenging, especially for beginners like me. Not to mention we must have a long zoom lens to think of photographing the moon. Heard that, today, on November 14th, 2016 since 1948, The super moon shines over Vietnam. I decided to experience this special event, photograph the moon with my Nikon D7200 and its 18-140 lens kit.

Super moon is a full moon, the biggest and brightest moon we can see because it is closest to the earth. Super moon is also called “Perigee” and is around 12% to 14% larger than micro moon (Apogee). The distance between the earth and the moon is around 356,00km at Perigee and around 406,000km at Apogee. But now back to our main topic:

Moon Photography

Below is what I’ve learned and want to share for beginners after an hour of capturing this moment:

Equipement: a DSLR of course, a tripod, a zoom lens, starting at 140mm as my lens kit and 300mm to 500mm as many recommendations.

Camera setting as my own experience after many trials:

  1. Set the camera in manual mode
  2. Set the camera ISO to 100 or 200 and turn off Auto ISO.
  3. Zoom in to its max focal length, in my case is 140mm.
  4. I chose to set the Aperture at f/5.6
  5. Now I set the shutter speed from 1/320 sec. to 1/10 sec. Slower shutter speed gives us brighter moon.
  6. Point the camera to the moon and start shooting.
Next time you want to photograph the moon, use above parameters as the starting point and then you can adjust the aperture to f8.0, f/11…. With each aperture, adjust the shutter speed and check the result. Practice and learn from your results.
Moon photography
Moon photography without cropping taken on Nov 14th, 2016

 Though my lens kit is not a powerful lens for moon photography but these photos still look awesome!

Don’t understand some of the terminology in this post, you may want to take a look at Photography Terminology here.

Want to see more moon photo like this, check my Super moon Photo Gallery here.

As always, please share this article with your friends if you find this technique “Photograph The Moon” helpful.

Please leave your tips or experience of this technique in the comment section below for discussion and to help others.

I hope that I will have another post to share about better moon photography in the coming time.

Thank you for your contribution.

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