Take the perfect Moon shot; Top 7 tips on how to do it right on your mobile phone
The moon is spectacular in whatever form it is visible - crescent, full moon or whatever. And, it is no secret that everyone wants to capture the moon, especially on the night of the full moon when the celestial body is shining brightly high up in the sky. But more often than not, people with mobile phones, end up capturing an image that shows the moon as a small glowing blob in the sky. However,there are top tips that everyone can use to capture the moon in all its glory. You can send the same to family and friends and get all the bragging rights or use it as a moon wallpaper on your devices.
Now, low-light photography is difficult and capturing stars and the moon is quite challenging. It’s true that premium smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Google Pixel 5, iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max today come with advanced lenses and equally powerful algorithms backing their camera apps that make astrophotography a reality, yet the moon is a bit tricky object to capture.
There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, the moon is extremely far away from the earth and so you need an extremely powerful telephoto lens to capture it. However, that is not something you can do anything about. However, there is something you can do though. You can change the settings of your camera and set it manually to be able to capture the moon properly.
Now, The Guardian Australia’s picture editor Carly Earl has shared some tips and tricks that will help smartphone users capture the moon using their smartphones:
1. Earl suggests downloading an app on an Android smartphone or iPhone instead of using the camera directly.
2. She also suggests capturing the moon against an element, such as a bridge or a building to get some perspective in the image and make it more interesting.
3. Capturing images in low light conditions takes time and so Earl recommends using a tripod for stability. She also recommends using a cable release or two-second delay timer to release the shutter in order to prevent the camera from shaking when hitting the button.
4. Another factor that users need to keep in mind while clicking images of the moon is using a telephoto lens or a zoom lens. “ The longer the better,” she says.
5. Set your ISO or your camera sensitivity to 100, which would ensure that you are capturing the highest quality images.
6. She also recommends that users should set the file size to RAW in order for the phone to capture the largest image size on a smartphone.
7. Lastly, the aperture should be set to around F8.
So, if you have a smartphone with these capabilities, there is no reason why you cannot take magnificent moon photos.