When to photograph the moon

Moonrise over sea. Stock photo Seattle, San Juan islands giant moonrise over Salish sea
(Image credit: Grant Faint via Getty Images)

Taking photographs at night is an incredibly fun (if not challenging) pursuit. However, nightscape photographers tend to have a habit of completely avoiding the moon and only heading out on shoots when it’s absent from the sky. That’s a shame – because the moon is one of the most beautiful and dramatic celestial objects of all.

The best camera for astrophotography can help you to get better images of the moon, but nothing beats good technique and subject knowledge. We've already written a general guide on how to shoot nightscapes as well as a tutorial on how to photograph a shooting star, but here we'll be looking at the moon specifically – one of the most popular subjects that you can turn your lens towards. 

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.