How To Snap A Great Shot Of Tonight’s Supermoon

Don’t forget to look up tonight – the sky will light up with the last supermoon of 2019.

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Don’t forget to look up tonight – the sky will light up with the last supermoon of 2019.

This supermoon is called the ‘Super Worm Moon’, because the first full moon in March is traditionally called the ‘worm moon’ as it’s the time of year when the ground begins to thaw in the northern hemisphere and earthworms resurface.

This year, the full moon in March will be closer to Earth in its orbit and appear larger than normal, making it a supermoon.

Want to snap a cracker of a shot of the supermoon?

Adelaide-based astrophotographer and Nikon School lecturer Steven Morris has shared his tips for lunar and moon photography using basic camera equipment:

1.”Using a tripod will dramatically improve the quality and sharpness of your moon photographs.”

2. “If you can’t achieve autofocus then use your live view screen, zoom in on the moon using the live view screen and adjust your focus.”

3. “Using focal lengths of 200mm or more can start to show some nice detail of the moon.”

4. “A quick exposure of around 1/800th or faster helps with countering the earth’s rotation and leaves you with a nice clear image as well as using a shutter release cable or the timer function on your camera.”

5. “Apertures of around F/8 will yield some nice sharp results.”

6. “Depending on the phase of the moon ISO may need to be increased.”

“If you’re using long focal length lenses just keep in mind that atmospheric turbulence can reduce the sharpness of your moon images, so wait for a moment of clear visibility, seeing where the atmosphere settles down briefly or take a few photographs throughout the night and access how the look for the sharpest image.”

If you want to learn more, Steven also runs regular courses in Adelaide on astro and coastal landscapes through the Nikon Schools. For more information, click here.

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