How to click sharp images of the moon ?

Who wouldn’t want to capture this celestial beauty ?



I must admit that clicking sharp images of the moon is hard work and needs a lot of practice and the right gears.

Image courtesy : Suvarna Ventures

I always preferred the gibbous moon to the full moon. It is possible to capture the details of the moon when she is in the gibbous phase. Gibbous refers to the phase when the moon is more than half illuminated.

I used a 70-300mm zoom lens to capture the moon with an ISO of 200 and shutter speed of 1/200s. This shutter speed is necessary because not many realize that the moon moves faster than you think. A slower shutter speed will give you a blurred image.

If you do not own a tripod, you need to ensure that your hand is rock steady. Best is to lean against a wall with your right arm firmly resting against the wall.

And here is the secret not many professionals will tell you – ‘Always click the moon in self-timer’ mode. This ensures there is no camera shake when you click the moon.

You need to practice a lot to click the moon. Someday you will get it right for sure.

Also, experiment with other objects like a tower in the background. That will make your moon look even more beautiful.

Have a go at the moon !

While you are here, you may also like to read another article on photographers.

Whom should you give credit for amazing images – the photographer or the subject ?

More photography tips – Coming soon !






11 thoughts on “How to click sharp images of the moon ?

  1. Very informative ….particularly as just tend to use my phone ….have thought about the ‘who does a portrait belong to’ before …and yes …think I agree with Linda’s comment

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