In case you haven’t heard, there will be a major event lighting up the night sky on January 31st: the super blue blood moon. And this experience will be something that you absolutely do not want to miss.
If you want to take the best photos of this event there are several things you need to do. Now, if you are a photographer chances are you already know these things but if you aren’t you too can take some pretty ballin’ photos if you truly want to. While taking decent quality photos of the moon can be hard, it is do-able, without a doubt.
4 Things You Need to Know About Taking Photos of The Moon:
1. Pick the perfect spot.
If you are going to try and get a photo of the moon that actually looks good you want the background to look good as well. Any landmark or ‘pretty’ area will do. I personally prefer photos in rural areas but to each their own. A NY based photographer, Honda, told ABC News that the more sense of place you create the better. Shooting the moon in a basic dark sky isn’t going to bring about any ‘spectacular’ images.
2. Make sure you have the right camera and lens.
Don’t use your cell phone. Snapping a photo with your phone isn’t going to turn out as good as you want it to. If you are struggling to take good photos the biggest issue is most likely the equipment you are using or how you are using it. The moon is super far away, you have got to have the right kind of lens. LifeHacker says that most decent photos of the moon are taken with telephoto lenses with focal lengths of at least 300mm.
3. Be sure your exposure settings are adjusted.
If your photos aren’t turning out the best, adjust your exposure settings. The more you work with this the better things will become. You can adjust everything from the shutter speed to the aperture. For those who may not know, the aperture is the amount of light your lens is letting in.
4. Timing is everything.
Pick the best time to take your photos. The full moon rises and sets at specific times and depending on the event you may need to get things situated at a different hour than you normally would. This may take some practice but you can get things situated.
Taking a photo of the moon isn’t as hard as it sounds like it would be. If you do things the right way then your photos will turn out great. For more information on how to take proper photos of the moon click here or check out the video below.