10 Tips for Best Moon Photography

EckFoto Night Photography - Full Moon

EckFoto Night Photography – Full Moon

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.

9- Self-timer

Set your self-timer to at least 5 seconds (2 seconds is not enough especially with a longer lens) for best moon photos.

10- Exposure

Underexpose slightly the image and bring everything back in post.