10 Tips for Best Moon Photography
1- Full Moon
Wait for a Full Moon at 100% brightness. A ¾ Moon will give you more details though.
2- No Clouds
Choose a cloudless night for best photo of the moon results.
3- Best Camera
My favorite camera for best night sky photography; Sony a7RIII Full frame with 42 Mega Pixel. I still have great resolution even using the APSC crop mode.
4- Best Lens
– My favorite lens for achieving best night photo: Sony telephoto zoom lens 100-400mm with a 1.4 teleconverter.
6- Favorite Tripod and Head
– I use a stable tripod with a Benro 3-way geared Head for locking the camera into position and adjust precisely its position. I use a Mefoto Globetrotter tripod.
6- Moon Photography Settings
Aperture between f11 and f14, Shutter Speed 1/250s (remember the moon keeps moving) unless you want long exposure stars in your image, and ISO between 100 and 200 to avoid any noise.
7- Focus Settings
Focusing during night time photography: Manual Focus gives more control (check your view finder while focusing manually) but auto focus can also be used depending on the situation. See which one works best for you.
8- Steady Shot Disabled
Disable any steady shot feature that your camera or lens may have for your full moon photos.
Set your self-timer to at least 5 seconds (2 seconds is not enough especially with a longer lens) for best moon photos.
Underexpose slightly the image and bring everything back in post.