#Supermoon #Photos – Supermoon 2016: Tips To Take The Best ‘Extra-Super Moon’ Photos : November 14th has finally arrived and if you want to take a snap of the ‘Extra-Supermoon’ that is due to appear after a span of 68 years and will not be seen again for the next 18 years, tonight is your opportunity!
A Supermoon occurs when the moon is at a point in its orbit when it’s the closest to the earth. It is a typically large full moon like never seen before and astrophotographers would not want to miss the sight.
But have you planned on how, when and where to take the photos? Here are a few tips and tricks you can use, to get the best photo of the Supermoon, no matter what gadget you use.
Tip #1: Determine The Exact Time
Depending upon your location, the time of the first appearance of the Supermoon may differ, as well as the arc across the sky that it would follow.
Try and find out more about the timings from websites such as Space Weather, which has already released information such as “The best time to look in North America is before sunrise on Monday morning, while in Europe the best time is after sunset on the same day,” reports Express.
Tip #2: Choose A Picturesque Landscape
While the celestial body of the Supermoon is inviting in itself, photographing it against the perfect landscape, with horizontal or vertical figures in the backdrop, which compliments it, will bring out its true magic.
“Don’t make the mistake of photographing the moon by itself, with no reference to anything,” says Bill Ingalls, a senior photographer for NASA, reports National Geographic. “Instead, think of how to make the image creative—that means tying it into some land-based object. It can be a local landmark or anything to give your photo a sense of place.”
Also, while your brain would tell you to wait till the moon is high over your head, the optical illusion of the moon being “superlarge” is best captured when it is just near the horizon, reports Brisbane Times.
Tip #3: The Best Camera
Mark Thiessen, a National Geographic staff photographer says that the bigger the lens is on your professional equipment, the better the picture quality would be. One would also want to add a teleconverter lens.
A GPS software called The Photographer’s Ephemeris also helps one in tracking the moon from its first point of arrival to the time it disappears beyond the horizon on the opposite side.
However, if you are using a camera phone, make sure that you do not use the digital zoom otherwise the picture would just get grainy.
Also make sure that the night mode on your phone is turned off. Contrary to the logic that you are taking the picture at night, it will actually be daytime on the moon when you do so.
Tip #4: Stability Important
Whether you use a professional camera or a regular one or just your phone camera, place it on a stable surface, preferably on a tripod is of immense importance, if you want to avoid shaky and out-of-focus photos.
Also use manual focus instead of autofocus. You don’t want to end up with detailed stars and a hazy Supermoon in the end. source:morningnewsusa