How to photograph the Moon (7 Great Tips)

The moon is a fascinating and beautiful object that can be seen in the night sky. This post will cover how to photograph the full moon with your dslr camera, what equipment you’ll need, and what settings to use for best results.

You’ll also learn about light sources and their impact on our photos of the full moon as well as some tips for taking great shots of this celestial body. Let’s go.

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1. Find the best time of day for moon photography

Find the best time of day for moon photography

The best time to get a new perspective on the full moon is at sunset. The sunsets behind you and casts an orange glow across your horizon, which bathes everything in warm light while sending shadows into long blue hues as it falls below the earth’s curvature.

As night approaches, enjoy shooting pictures of this celestial beauty with its deep-wine color particles streaking through space like streamers from beyond our world.

A given day has 24 hours and that’s how many unique opportunities you have to take an amazing shot of the full moon. The best time for photographing a full moon is when it reaches its zenith, or peak height in the sky before beginning its descent back toward earth again.

Of course, if you want your photo taken at night then there are even more chances! In order to get this perfect shot to be sure not just any old camera will do since they’re generally better suited for shooting during daylight than those used primarily at twilight with low light exposure settings which can make capturing images difficult (especially without using flash).

2. Adjust your lens’ aperture, exposure, and ISO settings

Adjust your lens' aperture, exposure, and ISO settings

Moon photography is a tricky area for beginners. You can’t always trust your camera’s settings, which are designed to work in average light conditions and not low-light scenarios like photographing the full moon.

Adjusting your lens’ aperture, exposure, and ISO setting will help you get that perfect shot of our nearest celestial neighbor without overexposing or underexposing it too much!

It’s never too late to learn new tricks for taking pictures. The moon and stars are some of the most interesting subjects you can shoot with your camera, but they require a lot more effort than just snapping shots in broad daylight.

To make sure that your photos don’t turn out grainy or overexposed, use an aperture setting between f/8-f/11 on your lens as well as exposure settings at -1 (a negative number).

Finally set up ISO levels anywhere from 400-1600 depending on what type of photo you’re shooting: landscape vs portrait will determine whether these numbers need to be higher or lower respectively!

Adjusting these three elements on moon photos may seem counterintuitive at first if you’re used to taking pictures under more typical circumstances (the opposite of dark).

But with some trial and error – plus plenty of practice – you should be able to get great shots every time while still ensuring detail throughout all parts even when there isn’t enough available natural lighting. 

With all this information about how most cameras work, it might seem like photography is impossible without technical knowledge;

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3. Experiment with different lenses and focal lengths 

Experiment with different lenses and focal lengths

Experiment with using different lenses and focal lengths for moon photography. These settings will allow you to capture the perfect shot of the beautiful night sky, depending on how close or far away from it you are.

A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of photographing a dark, silent night sky. But it’s surprisingly easy to take beautiful photos using just your phone and some common household items!

Usually, I capture photos in an open field near my house because there was nothing obstructing the view or lighting up any nearby buildings or homes that would make taking pictures difficult.

Once you find a good spot like this one, set up all your things – tripod (if possible), camera settings, lens type/zoom level as well as if you want filter lenses on hand too so they’re ready when needed later. Then get out there and explore how different focal lengths will change what kind of shots.

Some of the most striking moon photography is created when you experiment with different lenses and focal lengths. You can take pictures from anywhere on Earth, but as a general rule, it’s best to shoot at night before or after full moons (you’ll get enough light) using any lens that has wide aperture capabilities.

So, find out which lens and focal length will give your photos a great look. Experiment with different lenses and see how they can change what you capture of our natural satellite!

4. Use a tripod and remote shutter release to avoid camera body shake

Use a tripod and remote shutter release to avoid camera shake

Whether you are photographing landscapes or portraits, a camera shake can be a problem. However, if you use a tripod and remote shutter release to take your photos it will give your images the stability they need for high-quality photography that doesn’t blur in places where there should not be any motion at all.

A camera shake is the result of unintended movement when taking a photo. Avoid this by using two hands: One to hold your camera steady and one for pressing down on the shutter release button or switch so you don’t have to touch it with your finger, which could cause vibration that leads to blurriness in photos.

A tripod can also help avoid any unintentional wobbling if you need an even more precise shot without running into issues from holding up such heavy camera equipment.

Shutter speed has always been something photographers think about before they take their pictures but there are other things that may be contributing too – like not being able to keep still enough while shooting because we’re trying too hard! Camera shake happens whenever someone touches the lens (and then releases it).

Using both of these methods as well as recording video on the continuous shooting mode (or taking single shots) is an excellent way to avoid those pesky blurs when trying to photograph something still without shaking the equipment!

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5. Take lots of pictures and hope for good luck

Take lots of pictures and hope for good luck

I have always loved photography, but capturing the moon was a challenge. You need to find an area where there is little light and you are far away from any city lights that could reflect on your lens – we were so lucky when my mother-in-law’s backyard turned out perfect for this!

We took lots of pictures over several nights with varying levels of success. The biggest problem I had in making these photos happen was how quickly it sets; as soon as one night ends another would begin!

It seems like bad luck until you realize sometimes fortune favors the bold: if there is no time for many shots or they all turn out blurry then maybe what we really needed more than anything else was patience which will pay off better next week…

Out in the wilderness, you can find a whole new world of scenery. It’s not just trees and rocks either; there are plenty of animals to see if that is your thing too! But some people like taking pictures for other reasons – especially moon photography.

In this type of photo, it should be obvious what one object dominates: the full or crescent-shaped moon!

The best time to take these photos is when the phase changes from waning gibbous (half) all the way back down again at dark New Moon phases because they have fewer shadows on them than during waxing times.

Take lots of shots with good luck so you don’t miss out on anything special floating around up there in space.

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6. Zoom out for more of the landscape surrounding you

Zoom out for more of the landscape surrounding you

Picture yourself in a soundless, black room. You are looking up at icily blue walls that seem to go on forever and ever into the darkness of space.

The only thing you can hear is your own breathing as it echoes through this void full of nothingness with only one light: an enormous moon hung high above you like a beacon from home across these vast reaches where there’s no escape for any living creature- not even time itself!

Imagine it’s the moon in front of you, looming large and majestic. You’re walking on its surface with a camera in your hand, able to see what no one else can: that this is not just barren rock but an ocean world teeming with life as complex as ours?

Imagine yourself zooming out for more landscape surrounding you – only instead of looking at Earth from space like we are used to seeing images captured from astronauts’ mission trips into outer space courtesy NASA; imagine it’s the Moon instead standing before us — pure white against dark background sky contrasting beautifully and shining brightly amidst millions other stars scattered across the galaxy far away unknown by humans yet billions strong maybe even infinite if there isn’t any end…

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7. Find a location close to home, preferably with an unobstructed view of the sky

Find a location close to home, preferably with an unobstructed view of the sky

You want to find a good location for moon photography, but it can be hard. You need an unobstructed view of the sky and not too many people walking around that could ruin your photo or interrupt you as you take it.

Luckily there are other options! There is no rule saying where these photos have to come from–you just choose somewhere with great scenery like by waterfalls or in mountain peaks, preferably at night when the lack of light might help make those shots even more dramatic and beautiful than during daytime hours.

If you are looking for a location in your neighborhood to shoot the moon, try standing on top of an elevated surface.

Whether it is stairs or parking blocks, make sure they have good exposure so that even when focusing at infinity with your camera’s lens you can still see what needs to be seen!

The best place to take moon shots is where there is an unobstructed view of the sky such as from your backyard or on top of skyscrapers looking down onto sprawling cityscapes below- so try this out next full moon before it disappears again into darkness.

What settings should I use to photograph the moon?

#1. Fine-Tune the camera before going into any mode

#2. Slow Shutter speed – try and keep it at 1 second or slower, speeds are dependent on other camera settings.

#3. Adjust ISO – I’ve had great results with ISO 100 or 200, but experiment in a different light for optimal tweaking. 

#4. Keep an eye on aperture size AND how much your lens can handle (the lens is lesser-treated quality), if not too good of an investment to buy a better one, keep the aperture setting low @ 7.1/8/9) 

How do I shoot the moon with my phone?

A good thing to keep in mind is that the moon orbits Earth once every 29.5 days, so give it a little “extra” time and you’ll see the change of phases occur over a week’s time!

Next, find your phone and take it outside in a clear night sky. You’ll want to be around locations where you can easily pick up illuminations from not only the sky but also artificial lights as well. A suburban area would be perfect for this task as long as you have roof access or are willing to stand on higher ground like a car or stool. The best way (and most obvious) way to do this is with an elevated camera but if you don’t have one – improvise!

Which camera is best for photograph the moon?

There is no easy answer to this question. Some photographers swear by special purpose cameras made for lunar surface and other faint-object imaging, some shoot with heavy-duty amateur telescopes, and others still rely on a DSLR.

There are even simple DIY methods such as photographing the moon through a telescope eyepiece that will produce a high-quality sharp image!

What kind of photographs do you want to make? Telephoto lenses might be handy if you’re interested in shooting any of the craters or other features on the near side of the moon, but these details are barely visible from earth except when our satellite is at one fraction/phase; plus there’s always an added risk of vibration due to mirror locks or long exposures.

Why is it so hard to photograph the moon?

This question, coming from one of science’s many mysteries, has been pondered for centuries.

It was likely Galileo that first captured fragments of these blurred images in 1609 with the rudimentary use of a telescope and rulers to rule lines on paper. Today, the professional shutter speed bug will rely on a 360-degree panoramic camera or long exposure shot with sensitive settings to capture this elusive subject.

How do you take a picture of the moon at night?

Begin by choosing a day that is both not too cloudy and not too windy.

Adjust the aperture to around F/8 and set the shutter speed for 15-30 seconds. Use an ISO sensitivity between 100-400, depending on your camera’s make and model.

A tripod will help you hold the camera still, as well as keep it free from any vibrations from both the wind and even yourself.

Once all these elements are in place, take as many pictures of different exposures (longer shutter speed) to ensure you’ll have at least one photo of a moon of high quality.


If you’re new to photography and want a great introduction, this article is for you! We hope that if we can answer some questions or inspire your creativity then it was worth the time. As always, be sure to leave your comments below if you have any additional insights or thoughts about photographing the moon.

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