Five photography tips for capturing the supermoon

November 14th, 2016

Tonight, November 14 and tomorrow night, is a perfect chance to head out in the evening and catch a glimpse of the supermoon phenomenon. Any avid stargazers, astronomers and photography fanatics will be in for a treat.

The supermoon event tonight marks the first time the moon has been closest to Earth since January 1948, 68 years ago. It is an event you won’t want to miss, so if you are at our self-catering cottages in Cornwall, head out for an evening stroll with cameras and smartphones to see the supermoon, and keep these top tips from NASA’s senior photographer Bill Ingalls, in mind:

#1 Use a landmark in the shot

Although the moon will appear larger in the sky than it has done for many decades, it might not show on a photo without using a landmark, building or other structure to provide a reference for its size. Be a bit creative with the image to give the photo a sense of place.

#2 Find the right location

Do a bit of research before heading out so you can find the ideal location for taking the shot of the supermoon. Use Google maps or even a compass so you can be standing at the right angle.

#3 Make it a social experience.

If you come across any other stargazers and photographers on your walk out to find the best location for capturing the moon, be sure to say hello. And if your kids are old enough, take them along with you – this is pretty much a once in a lifetime event!

#4 Use your gear the right way

When using your camera to get the perfect shot of the moon, and to stop it from appearing as a white blob in the sky on your photo, be sure your digital camera is in the right setting, and for those with longer lenses remember the moon moves, alter the shutter speed to cater for that.

#5 Your smartphone camera can be a good option too

Though you may get a little frustrated with attempting to get the perfect shot with your smartphone camera, don’t dismiss it straight away. Play with the settings and exposure or use a panoramic shot instead to bring in some foreground.

Don’t worry if you miss your chance tonight to see the supermoon, as it will be only a fraction smaller tomorrow night, and can still provide you with some incredible shots.

Photo by: Kai Schreiber