Supermoon and Snow Moon March 9, 2020
A supermoon or supermoon is a full moon that looks larger and gives more light compared to other full moons. This is because the moon is relatively close to Earth. Because the most snow falls in the northern hemisphere during this period, the supermoon is also called Snow Moon.
- Photography tips: How to photograph the supermoon
You will photograph in a light situation that is very difficult for the camera to measure. And you want to capture the atmosphere, so it's important that you have influence on the lighting yourself. Your camera also finds it difficult to focus, so we set the camera completely to manual! (OEPS, that's a big step after my previous blogs)
Important here is that you use a tripod to prevent motion blur!
If possible, it is best to take a picture with the timer (often use for group photos wherever you want to go), or from a remote control! This will prevent you from moving your camera while printing.
Start with a not too high ISO. Because it is so dark, you probably want to set the ISO too high quickly, but it's so bad if there is a lot of noise in the picture. Start with an ISO 200.
To get your image as sharp as possible, it is best to set the Aperture around f/8.0. At this distance, depth of field has no effect at all!
And then you might think you need a long shutter speed, but that's not too bad. Because the moon, your subject, radiates quite a lot of light (the moon itself does not give light, but that's a different story), you can start with a shutter speed of 1/160 approximately. If you increase the shutter speed, you get the chance that your moon is moving in the picture. Of course, it moves around the earth, and you can get that movement in your image if you set the shutter speed too high.
Focus manually, because it is very difficult for the autofocus to focus in this situation.
An objective (lens) of about 300 mm is actually needed to get the effect really nice on the picture.
Another tip to get the effect clearly on the photo: Make sure you have a branch or something else partially in view, to enhance the effect.
- use a tripod
- use the timer or remote control
- set the ISO to 200
- set the aperture to f8.0
- set the shutter speed to 1/160
- manually focus
- use a 300 mm telephoto lens
- put something else in the image to enhance the effect
Use this as basic values, and from there optimize your exposure by adjusting one of the factors with stops (or 1/3 stops if possible).
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