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How to take photos of the moon – Improve your photo shooting capabilities and your technique (contd..)

Tip 706 (Track the phases of the moon): This may seem very obvious, but be sure to check out the various phases of the moon as well as the lunar calendar. This will you determine whether the moon is in a full moon stage, or half or quarter, or even when there is no moon (or almost no moon).

Tip 707 (Use the rule of thirds to place the moon): When you are looking for where to place the moon in your photo, try to take a vertical photo, and place the moon in the upper third of the photo rather than in the center of the photo. This will give a bit more depth to the photo, and visually look a bit better.

Tip 708 (Recognize the difference between the camera and your eye): You may wonder as to why when you eye can make out the moon clearly and at a sufficient width, why the camera cannot catch the same photo ? However, keep in mind that what you see has been factored by your brain to become much clear (so your brain adjust the much greater distance of the moon as compared to terrestrial objects as well as adjust to a much wider range of light ranges (the moon being so bright vs. the rest of the night sky being so dark)) while a camera really cannot do all that much. So, you should learn from experience about what your camera can capture, and not wonder about why your camera cannot see what your eye can.

Tip 709 (Look for the moon during the day): Most consider that the moon is only visible during the day, but there are so many cases when the moon is also visible for many hours during daylight, and in those cases, there is enough light for you to easily capture landscapes along with the moon hanging overhead.

Tip 710 (Look for lower ISO values when you are using a tripod): If you were looking to shoot hand-held, then in order to not decrease shutter speed too much, you would have to bump up the ISO values, all the while worrying about noise in the photos. However, once you get to using a tripod, then you should not worry about ISO, use as low a value of ISO as possible in order to get the cleanest photos.

Book: Available Light: Photographic Techniques for Using Existing Light Sources (Paperback) (by Don Marr) –

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