It seems that 2015 was the year of celestial events. Seemingly every other month saw a once-in-xx-years Super Moon, eclipse, meteor shower, or some other event that sent astrophotographers staying up till the wee hours so we’d wake up with our news feeds cluttered with moon photos. Not that I’m complaining because I was cozily snoring in my warm bed but still was able to enjoy the moon via photos my computer screen.
I attempted to photograph the moon a few times this year, and they turned out pretty badly (admittedly, one of the times, I was using my iPhone…) so this following video from Tony Northrup will come in handy the next time. In the 8-minute video, Tony shows you how to photograph the moon with a regular kit lens, using manual mode and what settings you should be on. The image looks pretty good, but then he shows us what it looks like on a 400mm lens as well.
Of course, who wants to just see a plain old moon against a boring black sky these days? No one, so the latter part of the video is Tony demonstrating how to composite your moon into an image to create a lovely landscape portrait of the moon against a cityscape. Finally, Tony talks about using Registax (a freeware program) to stack all your moon photos to make one very detailed, sharp image of the moon.
The next Super Moon isn’t slated until late 2016, so you have time to practice before the big event. Watch the video below:
To see more from Tony Northrup, check out his YouTube channel here.