People don’t have nearly enough opportunities to shoot the moon on a clear night. However, if the moon doesmoon photography show up where you are, then count it as a blessing and quickly prepare your camera gear so you’ll be able to shoot it as soon as possible.

If you have the moon in the right location and try to shoot it, you would be surprised to know that it also moves at a fast rate. It crosses the sky much faster than you would think and it typically travels its own diameter in distance across the sky in two minutes. That’s a pretty large space to cover if you’re a photographer.

Another thing to remember is that that will give you just about enough camera shake to blur the moon if you’re ever thinking about capturing it using a slower shutter speed or using the handheld method. One of the things that you have to remember is to make the right lens choice.

If you use a standard 50mm lens on a 35mm film, the moon can appear quite small in the image. You will probably need more than that in order to capture the moon in all its glory. You would probably need 110mm of focal length per 1mm of moon on the negative.

This will probably bring the moon in much closer to a better photographing distance and make it much larger in the final photograph. You should remember that since you’re using a telephoto to capture the moon, that will be exaggerated as the moon is moving at a very fast speed.

When you’re exposing the moon, remember that it is a lot brighter than one thinks. On a sunny day here on earth, the average exposure that a photographer would set his camera settings on would be on ISO 100 and 1/125 at f/16.

The moon receives just about the same amount of sunlight therefore your exposure of the moon should be roughly around the same exposure for daylight. Shooting using those particular settings will give you a good, properly-exposed view of the moon.

Another thing that you have to note is the haze that is present your surrounding environment. That is why it is harder to get a clear picture of the moon when you’re shooting on ground level in a city as opposed to getting a shot of the moon when you’re on the Grand Canyon. The haze has so much to do with the quality of the shot.

So set your sights, mark your calendars, get up a high building or go to the mountains and start shooting your moon picture.