How to get a good supermoon photo – CNET

How to get a good supermoon photo – CNET

We will get to see the last full supermoon of the year on 7. May. This is the “super flower moon”, and when in April, the “super pink moon” was any indication, it should be a real barn-burner. 

Last month, I went to my roof with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, iPhone 11 Pro and my first DSLR, the Canon EOS 60D to see if I can capture the pink moon in all its glory could. Watch the whole experiment here:

With just a few simple adjustments, you can really improve your moon photography. 

the day after The Pink moon. Taken with my first DSLR, the Canon 60D with a 18-200mm lens.


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the beginning

If your moon allows it, you should try to snap a photo of the moon so early in the day as you can, especially if you only have a phone. In spite of the rapid development of the mobile phone cameras in the last few years, you still have to fight with contrast as high a bright moon and a dark sky. Twilight, use that to your advantage and take some of the load off of the phone.

For details about when and where the moon will show up, along with pretty much everything else in the room, Night Sky for iOS and Sky Map for Android awesome free apps.

No hands

ruin If you have a recording with something as far away as the moon, all the little push, it can make your camera completely the photo. If you don’t have a tripod, prop the phone against a book or beer or anything that is not of your hand.

In the same direction, use a timer. Almost every phone and DSLR do not have a built-in timer, so you press the of the camera bump when the shutter-release button. You may also be able to have a voice assistant to snap the photo for you. And if you have a remote, even better. 

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The moon, seen through the S20 Ultra-s per mode. To go in two seconds.


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Lower your exposure

If you want to use a phone, you are going to tap you on the moon, and pulling the exposure slider to the bottom, as far as it can go, if you have a chance to see the detail in the moon ‘ s face.

If you are using a DSLR camera, bring the ISO down to something like 200. This brings the total volume. Then bring your f/stop for up to your depth extend-of-field and have a better chance of getting the moon in focus. Then, for your shutter, white’t you let it spin long enough, the moon is in a bright, fuzzy ball.

These settings worked for my moon: ISO 200, f5.6, 1/250 shutter.

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Details in the moon often come at the expense of the darkness of their city. 


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Turn on night mode off

night mode is a great thing. And I am always impressed with the way the photos phones can also take in low light these days But if you try the details in a bright moon, you’re going to want to disable the function.

When the night mode is turned on, as much light as he thinks is necessary, and will probably always be a blow out the brightest thing in the frame, in this case, is the moon.

shoot high res

If you can, shoot in raw or other high-res photo format, so you can edit this later. The latest crop of Samsung phones make it easy with a Save a raw copy of – toggle on in the camera settings (although I discovered it, not work with the Tele-lens). 

For iPhone, ($699 at Apple), you need a third-party app. Although I wish there was a feature in the native camera app, I tried ProCam ($5.99, £5.99, AU$9.99) and it was pretty easy, gave me more control and I have a couple of decent shots.


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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 11 Pro vs. iPhone vs. DSLR camera

With more than a few mobile phones by the word “Per” in their names, or camera setting, I wanted to change these phones against my first DSLR, the Canon 60D is (equipped with a 18-200mm lens).

So for the April – Super-Pink Moon, and with the above tips in mind, I went up to my roof equipped with a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, iPhone 11 Pro and the 60D. You can see the whole video

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three of My cameras, waiting for the moon to show.


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After a nasty run-in with a “death cloud”, the actual Pink Moon is ruined for me, the next night, unless an even more amazing moon. The thing was bright orange and the rose slowly over the horizon like a giant eyeball. 

” My “Doomsday Moon”, seen through the Galaxy S20 Ultra


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This is my favorite shot, taken with the 60D, just a few minutes after the moon appeared.  

I feel like this could be an album cover from 1975. Definitely my mood.


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In the end, the DSLR completely the phones blew out of the water. With each camera-control at my finger tips, I was able to try different things, quickly, until I got what I wanted. I also had a huge amount of control in Lightroom to edit my photos the next day. 

The phones fought with everything intact, if you try to find Details in the moon ‘ s face. The S20-Ultra has given me is a lot more work than the iPhone by far, but also a lot of noise added to the scene and made the moon this weird salami looking thing.

Salami aside, the balance between the scene and the details in the moon is impressive for a phone, without additional hardware.


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I was particularly excited to test the Galaxy S20 Ultra-Zoom 100x space. I regret to inform you that after about a thousand tries, this was the best I got:

the moon… or the egg? Space Zoom is not for space travel.


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Space is Zoom trying very, very hard to assess the exposure to the image when it’s zoomed in that close. So much So that it was nearly impossible to plunge at all. I discovered a trick where I could bring it down, when the moon is not, and most of the frame, and then lock the exposure, and then a pivot over the whole egg.

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Here is the Ultra 30x zoom at work. It is not a little better, still not ideal.

30x, a giant cheeseball.


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The iPhone 11 Pro more problems overall, although it has the disadvantage of going second, if the moon was higher and brighter in the sky. Actually, I thought it was the city captured better, with less noise than the S20 Ultra, but it really had a hard time exposure of the moon, to the bottom. 

iPhone 11 Pro with 2x, and a white circle.


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Here it is with some “craters”, which was I have to show you in the native camera app. Recorded at a 10-fold digital zoom. You can hardly tell what you are looking for.

kind of look like a watercolor.


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I also took some photos with this Bostionye 22x telephoto add-on lens, which I to Amazon as part of a kit for about $40. It was definitely awkward and difficult to promote and hard, just at the right time, but it has given me my best photos on both phones. 

Here, each:

on the S20 Ultra 5x add-on lens. I’ll take the responsibility for the blur. 


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with the iPhone 11 Pro in the ProCam app with the add-on Included lens.


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“Stanley Kubrick” in me the joy of the next morning was when I found I had this photo:

We are so small.


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This recording was made with the iPhone in the ProCam app, without the add-on lens. It is not something you would go for all in this situation, but I always just like on the photo. It makes me feel some type of way. As I’m stuck in the void.

The next full moon is another super moon, called the flower moon this time, and comes on 7. May. You can bet I’ll be up on the roof, although this time I could only due to my good old DSLR, and leave the phones behind.

have missed In case you it, you see the whole experiment in the video above. 

Released on Wed, 06 May 2020 17:52:28 +0000

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