mycamera 101: Lunar Photography


Lunar photography isn’t that hard - you can absolutely shoot exquisite pictures of the moon if you have the right tools and an idea of what settings to use.

Where and How

The best time to experiment with lunar photography are dark, cloudless nights. Choose a night when the moon isn’t full - if it’s too bright, it’s easier for it to be overexposed and look less than stellar. Air and light pollution can also tarnish the results of your photos, so it’s best to head to a remote and elevated area to take your pictures.

Getting it Together 

You don’t need a tonne of gear to get awesome shots of the moon, but good-quality equipment is a must.

You’ll need:

  1. A DSLR and 200mm+ telephoto lens or a Point and Shoot camera with optical zoom capabilities. A cheaper alternative would be the Nikon P900 with its 83x optical zoom.
  2. A tripod.
  3. A remote camera trigger or the timer in your camera.

Get your settings right:

  1. Set your camera to Manual Mode.
  2. Turn off Auto ISO. You’ll want to set it to your particular camera’s base ISO. In general, set the ISO to 100 on Canon, or 200 for Nikon.  
  3. Set the aperture to f/11.
  4. Shutter speed needs to be on 1/125 if your ISO is 100, or 1/250 for an ISO of 200.
  5. Set to manual focus and adjust it to ‘infinity’.

You may have to play around with the settings until you get your shots just right - there’s nothing wrong with trying again and again until you get the shot you want.

You can also do some post-production editing with software like Photoshop to get the exact results you desire. 

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