A photograph of July's full moon, known as Buck Moon or Thunder Moon, taken July 9th, 2017 from Frederick, Maryland by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography

Full Moon Photography

Hey, y’all!

So, if you didn’t know, last night was the full moon, which in July is known as the Buck Moon or Thunder Moon. I haven’t taken any photos of the moon in years, and last night was a great opportunity to do so! I also have a couple tips for you if you’re wanting to attempt to get full moon photos with your own DSLR.

A couple things I recommend is a zoom lens (usually comes with a camera bundle kit, it’s the longer lens around 70-300mm) so you can zoom in. I also recommend a tripod to eliminate some of the shake. From there, the settings I used were 1/100 shutter speed, f/11 aperture, and 100 ISO. It keeps the background nice and dark, but doesn’t blow out the moon too much. Also, if you want to make sure you get the focus as sharp as you can, use your live view. There’s a button you can push to zoom in and you’ll see a big ol’ moon right on the live view screen. That will help you make sure you get focused properly instead of trying to squint through your viewfinder. One last tip? Try to get photos of the moon as close to the horizon as possible. That’s when it’ll be its biggest. I wasn’t able to do that last night, but I got the photo before it hit its zenith in the sky as well. It’s definitely not perfect, but I still love it. ❤

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For editing tips, I recommend just looking that up on Google or YouTube depending on your editing program. There are lots of fantastic and helpful articles on it! Enjoy!

©Molly Eire Photography


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