How to Shoot the Supermoon

The full supermoon won’t technically hit the US until Monday morning (12:45 a.m. PT, 3:45 a.m. ET), but most of the best moon photo ops happen around moon rise and moon set — that’ll be around 5 p.m. ET on Saturday and 7:50 a.m. ET on Sunday.

You will need a tripod, proper exposure settings (ISO, aperture, and shutter speed) and other techniques to capture a good photo. Moreover, a successful capture will require some planning as to location, shooting spot, time of day/night, and lens selection.  I’ve found that a smartphone app named PhotoPills (about $10) is a great help in planning your shot.  Click this link to a PhotoPills tutorial to help get you started.  Happy shooting!

If you live in the Albuquerque area and want to improve your photography, please consider hiring me as your one-on-one camera coach and post processing (Photoshop) tutor. Lessons are tailored to your goals, experience, and  the types of photography that most interest you.  There is no charge for an initial get acquainted consultation.

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About Dave Hood

Married to my wife of 47 years, Barbara. Two adopted grandsons, Jim age 13, and Billy, age 8. Retired from the Air Force Reserve after 26 years in 1993. Retired from Air Force civil service with 34 years of service in 2000. Worked an additional 7 years for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems before finally leaving the workforce. Hobbies include working around the house, exercising our Labradoodle Shadow, travel, and photography. My photo equipment includes a Nikon D7100 camera, several Nikon lenses, a Nikon SB-700 speedlight, a Manfrotto tripod, a Kodak monopod, and assorted filters. I use Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS6 for post processing and ProShow Producer software for producing slide shows (mostly about travel) set to music.

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