How To Get Good Pictures Of Tonight’s Supermoon
Smartphone cameras are notoriously bad when it comes to taking pictures of the moon. The digital zoom on a camera is never crisp enough, the light cast from the moon is never strong enough, so things end up looking like a white blob in the sky. Here are some tips so you can get great shots of this rare Supermoon!
1 - Get a real camera
This might not be feasible for everyone, but if you can get your hands on a camera that isn't part of a phone, that'll be your best bet.
2 - Get A Good Vantage Point
Find a spot in advance. Your shot will be most impressive if it shows a sense of scale. Try timing your shot as the moon is close to the horizon, so the image includes a foreground.
3 - Get Good Gear
A tripod is definitely worth it to get a more professional look. If you don't want to invest in a full tripod, you can rest your phone on a book or windowsill (just be careful on the ledge of a building).
iPhone 7 Plus owners have the advantage of an optical zoom, beyond the regular digital zoom. Digital zooms don't work as well because the usual "pinch-to-zoom" technique ends up blowing up your pixels, leading to a less clear picture (that's a tip for everyday use too, just take a normal picture, then zoom in or crop later as opposed to using digital zoom).
There are even mounts available to hook your iPhone up through a telescope to get the best close-ups.
4 - Focus Focus Focus
If you're only using a smartphone camera, make sure you touch the moon to focus and also adjust for brightness.
5 - Share!
Feel free to tag @1057theHawk in any of your Instagram photos so we can all enjoy this rare Supermoon!