Saturday, 22 June 2013

How to photograph a 'supermoon'

Here's a photo I took of a 'supermoon', the day in the year when the moon reaches "perigee", its closest point to earth, meaning it's a lot more noticeable than usual (looks about 30 per cent brighter and bigger than usual).


1/400, f/3.5, ISO 100

I used a 200mm lens (effectively 300mm on my D7000) and set my camera up on a tripod. I also used a wireless remote to reduce any further vibration.

To get a sharp, detailed image and reduce any unwanted graininess, I kept the ISO low at 100 and set the shutter speed relatively fast at 1/400. I set the aperture to f/3.5 to allow as much light in as possible.

Even though I took this from central London, the city's ambient light didn't affect the image too much.

I used manual focus and a combination of the viewfinder and the LCD screen (zoomed right in) to make sure the moon was sharp and in focus.


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