How To Capture The Moon – Your Full Guide!

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I’m going to discuss one of the least demanding things to shoot at night in light of the fact that it doesn’t require any additional gear other than a DSLR camera and one lens with a long focal length or zoom.

Let’s Talk About Equipment

1)DSLR Camera & Lens

First of all, you should have access to or own a DSLR camera. On the off chance that you don’t, you can purchase utilized DSLR cameras on various well-known sites at a decent cost. A Canon Rebel T2i/T3, for example, is for around $300-$400. Another option would be to check the local electronics store and purchase yourself a brand-new one.

To the extent a lens goes, to get those decent close-ups of the Moon I would suggest a lens that is no less than 200mm (alluded to as a telephoto lens). You can simply purchase utilized lenses, yet they are harder to discover. I’ve heard great things about the Canon EF 100–400mm and it can be good at a relatively affordable price.


Since the Moon is very brilliant you won’t require a tripod, however, it is useful when you need to ensure a steady shot. On the off chance that you have the opportunity to take a photograph of the lunar eclipse, you will require a tripod due to the fact that the shine of the Moon is much lower.

Any tripod will do. I utilized a $40 one for quite a long time. You can buy these any place cameras are sold.
Check here my review of the best digital camera tripod

3)Remote Shutter

This is just required when shooting wide-angle shots or a lunar eclipse. At the point when taking a long presentation, pushing down on the shutter can unbalance the camera prompting a blurry picture.

Utilizing a remote prevents this from happening. These are typically very affordable on eBay or Amazon. I would recommend getting an interval meter as they are just several bucks more and you can do significantly more with them (meaning time-lapses!)

Make sure that mirror lockup is activated.


Once you’re in the area and you have the camera body mounted on the tripod there are a few things you should double-check.

To begin with, ensure your camera will shoot in RAW rather than JPEG. This will permit you to be more particular with the light you wish to upgrade in post-processing.

Also, centering can be somewhat harder at night on the grounds that the light coming into the camera. Much of the time when shooting the Moon you will not have an issue and you are able to autofocus away.

Once zoomed in, physically center your camera utilizing the emphasis ring on the lens. Utilize the live view presentation to bring The Moon into sharp core interest. When done, make an effort not to touch the lens once more.

One final thing to remember is that the Moon moves rapidly. You’ll need to outline your shots and take photographs generally rapidly and physically track the Moon utilizing your tripod changes. Notwithstanding this, when zoomed in on the Moon, keep the shutter speeds under 2 seconds else it’ll begin to obscure.

Then,  you are prepared to shoot!

And Remember…

Never surmise that taking photos of the moon is something so natural that anybody can do it.

You need to ascertain when the ideal hour for picture-taking presents itself, and afterward, you must pay consideration to the cycles of the full moon.

Furthermore, you need to scout for the ideal area, taking into account how you need the moon to show up in your pictures. You may considerably think about including a perspective.

Last, but definitely not least, it is a fact that you require the proper equipment.

This is the reason why I would like to suggest some ideas for the camera lens. Remember that after all, your lens choice is the main concern and also that it is a key piece of equipment alongside the camera body.

  • Since picture adjustment innovation in super telephoto lenses might incidentally over-remunerate and meddle with creating and surrounding moving or distant subjects, the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM] incorporates a propelled image Stabilization that activates the IS just when the shutter button is completely pressed.


  • The Sigma 800mm f/5.6 APO HSM is an amazing telephoto lens with a quick f/5.6 extreme opening. The ultra-calm Hyper Sonic Motor and the Internal Focusing components help self-adjust speed for rapidly moving objects, such as the Moon.


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  • Hi there

    amazing photos of the moon, I’d love to take photos like that.

    I have looked through and read your profile and found that the home page with great content, I read through everything else and it is really really good and very informative so well done on that great website.

  • Absolutely amazing pictures of the moon! I have a friend that really enjoys astronomy and just bought a new telescope. He actually rigged up his own little gadget to place his iPhone in front of the lens in order to capture steady images. Do you know of any products on the market that are similar to this type of setup?

    • Thanks, Matthew for passing by, Actually I don’t have any idea about this type of setup as it’s far from DSLR photography.

  • Hi Ehab,

    What amazing photos of the moon, I’d love to take photos like that. Thanks for the tips for how to shoot, such as using a remote shutter, mirror lockup should be activated, and you should shoot in RAW rather than JPEG. To be able to shoot the moon like these images, and if you didn’t have any equipment, no camera, no tripod, how much would you have to spend in total?


    • Hello Ray,

      Thanks for your comment, glad that you liked the article if you would like to purchase the full basic photography equipment it might cost you around $ 1,500 to $ 2,000 this including the kit lens & Perfect telephoto lens to capture the moon plus average tripod & Camera body.

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