By: Ana Margarita Olar|

Across the ages, many people have been captivated by the moon and have tried to explain and understand it. From a folk tale that it is made of cheese to the conspiracy theories that says it’s just a hologram projected by the New World order to the scientists that says its giant rock.

While many spent most of their lives studying the moon there are also many people that just enjoys the moon and wants to photograph it.

Unfortunately, taking a picture of the moon is not as easy taking a selfie, but here are some tips to photograph the moon:


Any camera will work but a point and shoot camera barely produces good photos due to the small size of the sensor. A good choice of a camera would be the DSLR or any camera that allows you manually set the aperture and shutter speed.

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Use a tripod to stabilize your camera. You need a secure base when capturing the moon to avoid camera shake. You can also use a self-timer or a remote control to shoot rather than pressing the camera with your shaky hands. It will be better if you have a camera with image stabilization feature.


The moon is very bright that’s why it stands out from the rest of the night scenery. Camera lens can’t cope up with this brightness, unlike the human eyes. Either they’ll expose the moon properly and turn everything else black or expose the darker areas and leave the moon as a flat bright spot on the sky. More often, the latter happens to make the moon appear as a flat blob on your photo. So choose somewhere dark, try not to be under a street lamp.


You need to shoot with a longer lens or otherwise the moon will just appear as a small white spot in the sky. Long lens also helps fill the frame and let you properly expose the moon. if you want a “solo” picture of the moon, use a lens between 150mm to 300 mm. but if you want to include other elements and a smaller moon a lens between 70mm to 100mm will do.


One of the biggest challenges is how to visually connect the moon to earth even if it’s 239,000 miles away from earth. You need to show a scale by choosing your foreground creatively. It may be trees, mountains or clouds or any elements on earth on which the moon can relate.

So what are you waiting for? Go out at night and try these tips. You just need a little bit of trial and error, imagination, creativity and lots of experiments to come up with a majestic photo of the moon.