Night Sky Photography: pro secrets for stunning moonlight landscapes

Night Sky Photography: pro secrets for stunning moonlight landscapes

How to photograph the moon

How to photograph the moon

Image by Mark Hamblin

Either in close-up or as part of the landscape, photographing the moon offers a number of shooting possibilities, and each of its phases creates a different effect.

Shooting the moon within the landscape is best done during twilight when it is possible to balance the light from the moon with the light from the sky.

Too early and the light from the sky will overpower the moon, too late and the sky will be black and lacking in interest.

Try including a line of silhouetted trees or hills along the bottom of the frame, or use a distinctive man-made structure such as a windmill or church.

Also, keep an eye out for the next lunar eclipse for your opportunity to shoot a dramatic red-tinted full moon.

PAGE 1: Using moonlight in your night sky photography
PAGE 2: Timing your moonlight photography
PAGE 3: Three ways to get great photos in moonlight
PAGE 4: How to photograph the moon
PAGE 5: Essential night sky photography tips to remember

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