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How to take photos of the moon – Improve your photo shooting capabilities and your technique

Tip 686 (Why to add photos of the moon): There are certain cases where you can add photos of the moon to your photos, such as taking a photo of a cityscape at night, and then adding the moon to the photo can drastically improve the photo. or there is a photo of a romantic couple, and when you can get the moon in the photo, the romantic effort is increased drastically.

Tip 687 (Moon comes much smaller in the photos): When you look at the moon through your eyes, the moon seems big; but you need to realize that the moon comes much smaller in the photos than how it seems to your eyes, and can seem more like a blob in the photo rather than a clearly defined object in the photo.

Tip 688 (The bright moon does not reveal details about the details): A full moon seems most bright and looks wonderful, but when you are looking to get the moon into your photo along with some details of the craters and other features on the moon, then the full or almost full moon reflects much more light than than the half-moon. This light will make it more difficult to view the details of the moon.

Tip 689 (The moon does not require long exposures): It is a belief that to take photos of the moon, you need to have a lot of exposure, or tripods, etc. If you want to get photos of the moon, then when the moon is in full position, then exposure levels of 1/125 would be enough; however, when the moon is waxing, then the exposure required increases significantly, and you would need to increase the aperture and decrease the shutter speed.

Tip 690 (Experiment with exposure settings): If you are looking to shoot photos of the moon, especially when the moon is not full, then you would need a tripod, and would need to experiment with different levels of exposure. There is no magic setting that allows you to get the best photo possible, so you will need to experiment with many aperture, ISO, and shutter speed levels before getting comfortable with the setting.

Book: Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera

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