Taking Photos of the Moon

Taking Photos of the Moon

It's really no secret that I love taking moon photos, with this in mind I thought I'd write a little post about Taking Photos of the Moon and the settings I use and the results I get from my little camera. I'd like to point out that I am no expert, I'm not the greatest photographer but I seem to get pretty good results from my simple point and shoot camera. If you look at my Instagram profile you'll see that every week or so I will be standing outside taking a photo of the moon.

My first tip is to download an app with details of the moon phases, this is the one I use from the Google Play Store. And this is the Phases of the Moon for September.

Phases of the Moon September 2014

This app pretty much tells you everything you need and you'll notice that September the 8th was a full moon and it was also Harvest Super Moon, this means that is was the full moon closest to autumnal equinox so of course I was out there taking a photo.

Taking Photos of the Moon

I have also added which settings I used to take this photo. One thing a lot of people do is use a high ISO as they think because it's night time they'll need it but that's not true. Aim for an ISO of either 100 or 200, remember that the moon is still very very bright. To give yourself the best possible chance of getting a good photo may sure you sure a tripod as even the steadiest of hands will shake a little.

On my camera I can edit and upload straight to Instagram so I used Snapseed and heavily cropped the image and then altered the brightness slightly so I could get a little more contrast in the moon and that was it. A click of a button and it was uploaded to Instagram.

I am sure there are better photographers out there who can give you a few more tips but this is what I do and it works for me.

If you've take a moon photo lately and added it to Instagram tag me in it please as I love seeing other peoples attempts.