How to photograph the moon: an easy way to shoot moon pictures full of detail

How to photograph the moon: the easy way to shoot moon pictures with amazing detail

3 key tips when learning how to photograph the moon

Tips from our professional photographer on shooting pictures of castles: set a cloudy white balance

Moon Photography Tip 1: switch your white balance
If the moon is bright orange in your shots, switch from Auto White Balance to Tungsten or Cloudy to cool down tones, or adjust the tone of the image in post-processing

Moon Photography Tip 2: crescents offer different compositions 

Missed the full moon? You can still get a decent moon picture – crescent moons make for beautiful shots, and three-quarter moons will show good crater detail

3 key tips for knowing how to photograph the moon: rent a lens

Moon Photography Tip 3: Rent-a-lens
Not lucky enough to have a hefty zoom lens in your collection? You can rent beautiful bits of glass easily from A Sigma 50-500mm like ours will set you back £40 for three days, which is plenty of time to get a great moon shot in the bag.

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    Short Version: Use a Tripod, Exposure is 1/ISO @ f/16, Focus is Infinity, done.

  • Drew

    I’ve always found f8-f11, 100-125/s, and ISO 100 to be good for a full moon.

  • Kim Griffiths Hamm

    I have to back off of infinity just a touch so be careful on just going there.

  • Spike Allibone

    also I’d probably add – use mirror up so that it reduces body shake and also remove any UV filter etc that you might be using to protect your lens, I’ve had some ghosting reflections when shooting on a tripod at night. Surprised these tips weren’t included here….