Different types of moon photography.
Moon photography is a subset of astrophotography — photography of space and celestial objects. As you’ll discover, there’s much more to taking a photo of the moon and night sky than pointing your camera at it.
There are many varieties of lunar photography — full lunar disc capture, crescent moon capture, the moon as part of a landscape, and more. How, when, and where you want to shoot the moon are all important considerations for getting a high-quality shot.
Equipment can vary too. Rami Ammoun, astrophotographer and enthusiast, uses telescope and camera rigs to capture the moon, while photographer Adam Ruggieri uses a camera alone. Moon photography offers an incredible breadth of artistic exploration.
Capture the full moon.
A full moon occurs when the lunar hemisphere facing Earth is completely lit by the sun. The rising full moon can create a “blue hour” where there is enough light from the moon to illuminate it and the surrounding area. During blue hour, you can catch startling landscapes.
Ruggieri works within this context. “I shoot the moon mainly with a telephoto lens, trying to line it up with landscapes, mountains, or trees to make the moon look as big as possible and add something for scale.”
Share the awe of the supermoon.
When a full moon looks bigger and brighter, it’s called a supermoon. These occur when the moon is closest to Earth in orbit, and this massive dinner dish of a lunar surface gives photographers plenty of opportunity for detailed work showcasing the moon’s surface.