Photographing the Moon


My Moon Photo Settings



I use Aperture priority most of the time and this time was no different.

· ISO 800

· F-stop 6.3

· Shutter speed 1/3200 sec (selected by the camera in aperture priority)

· EV -0.3 [May need to adjust exposure compensation (EV -0.3 to -3), depending on the brightness of the moon]

· Tripod needed with 150-600mm lens


My go-to lenses for photographing the moon are a Sigma 150-600mm and a Tamron 18-400mm.


Check out the Moonrise/Moonset and Moon phase calculator; there are also Moon Phase apps in both the Google Store and Apple apps. I use the Moon Phase apps on my iPhone that way it’s always with me. You’ll need to fill in your location, which will then allow you to discover all sorts of useful information, such as moonrise and moonset times. On this site you can also find out about a much rarer event, the lunar eclipse.


Snow Moon photographed on February 25, 2021


Watch how I edited this photo in Lightroom and Photoshop here: https://youtu.be/QULelfDyeYA

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