How to Photograph the Moon

Photograph The Moon

In this article, you will learn how to photograph the moon and what equipment is recommended.

Basic Camera Settings

  • Put your camera in Manual mode (M).
  • F/Stop: f/11
  • Shutter speed: 1/200
  • ISO: 200


1) Plan where you want to shoot. There are apps and websites that will tell you what time the moon will rise and where.

2) You will need a tripod and it is strongly recommended you use a lens that is at least 200 mm. A 300-500 mm would be even better.


  • Play with your shutter speed; anywhere from 1/160 to 1/250.
  • If you have a shutter release cable, use that. If not, try using your camera’s trigger delay to avoid any motion in your shot.
  • You can use autofocus on the moon, but some people like to manually focus using live view.

Post Processing

If you make changes to your photos’ highlights, shadows, and contrasts in a program like Lightroom or online apps like PicMonkey you can dramatically change the look of your moon photos.

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