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Shooting Tips

Photo Op! Upcoming Supermoon and Tips for Shooting It

By Anthony Thurston on June 20th 2013

Any of you aspiring star or night photographers may like to know that there is an upcoming Supermoon on June 23rd that will make for a great photo opportunity. A supermoon is an astronomical phenomenon that occurs when the moon is at the closest point to the earth in its orbit while at the same time being in its Full Moon phase.

Saturday Supermoon

This means that the moon will be bigger and brighter than normal meaning it will be easier than normal to shoot. So here are some tips and a video for getting the most out of your attempts to shoot the moon.

  1. Use a long lens: a 70-200 is nice, 300+ is even better.
  2. Shoot in manual mode
  3. Start at your camera’s base ISO (usually ISO 100 or 200), a narrow aperture around F10 or 11, and a shutter speed of 1/100th
  4. Use a tripod for the best results

Are you planning on trying to catch a shot of this Supermoon? Let us know in a comment below!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Good tips

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