Ok, so you want to capture a moonrise, here are a few tips and tricks to help you take a great shot at moonrise. Have you ever wondered why your photographs of the moon always look extremely bright and out of focus? The answer to this problem could be summarized in a sort of rough way. The main reasons for this are simple.
First, even though when the moon reflects the sun's light, it is still projecting light to us. This is often resolved by using low ISO values and small aperture values too.
Beyond that, the moon is spinning at a different pace from the earth's rotation. Making it a moving object that will appear to be blurred at slow shutter speeds.
In simple words, the best way to capture the moon with your camera is by keeping a sort of “motion freezing” mindset. As long as you manage to achieve this, you'll start taking nicer shots of the moon. Try to always work with a generous telephoto or zoom lens in order to capture the moon at a closer range every time. And before anything else, always use a tripod. Here are 3 tips for perfecting your moonrise shots
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Federico has 10 years of experience in documentary photography. He's dedicated to long-term photo-essays and is a University Professor teaching Photography, and you can get to know him better here