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How to take a full moon photo

The sky is the scene of the glory of the Blue Moon this month. The full moon, which will occur on Saturday night (October 31st), is called the "Blue Full Moon", a rare sky event that occurs when a full moon occurs for the second time in the same month. This full moon is also the first to be visible from anywhere in the world since 1944, giving photo lovers an unmissable opportunity for spectacular shots.

Canon brand ambassador and nature photographer Andrew Fusek Peters shares his tips for photographers who want to challenge their creativity to get the most out of this extraordinary moment.


First you need to know where and when the moon will rise. It used to be very difficult and laborious to make these calculations, but nowadays you can use certain software for this job. The Photographer's Ephemeris 3D program, a light visualization tool for outdoor and landscape photographers, can help you with this. Thanks to this program, you can plan within an area of 50 meters and shoot without getting too far from your home by learning the time of the moon's ascent.


You can choose to photograph the "Blue Moon" as part of a wider story. This allows for more creative content from close-up moon shots, which we see a lot. The most important tip in this regard may be the use of RAW format when shooting to show both the "Blue Full Moon" and the foreground in all its glory.


Speed and correct decision-making are very important in nature shots. Therefore, you should think and act realistically in such shots. Explaining this with an example, photographer Andrew Fusek Peters said: "In 2016, I almost couldn't take my "Super Moon" photo, which was used on the front page of The Times. I stopped filming and was on my way home. On my way home, I suddenly saw the clouds clear as I was heading towards Stretton Church in Shropshire. The moon was right behind what I knew was a volcanic structure called Three Finger Rock. I thought, 'That's it!' Thanks to my kit of Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/ 4L IS II USM lens and 1600 mm Canon Extender 2x III equipment, I knew I could achieve a good image. I used a fence as a tripod and took three images in a row. Since I predetermined my focus, my first shot was my main image."


Avoid using tripods, especially for this type of shoot. Because you may need to be able to react very quickly and change your position. So you can place the bear exactly where you want in the frame. There won't be much time for shooting either because the light you will shoot is the twilight light, which is the last light of the day... If you're using a large telephoto lens and extender, you might want to use your knee as a tripod to react quickly. Since your focus in this shot will be "Blue Full Moon", you can keep shutter speed and ISO quite low.


The amount of landscape detail you can capture in your story when posing for the "Blue Full Moon" will vary depending on the quality of the camera you will use. Using devices like the Canon EOS 7D Mark II for such shooting will help with focus and shadow detailing. If you want a big moon photo, you should use large lenses.


After receiving your RAW picture, the moon will still look quite round and bloated. Pay attention to highlights, whites and shadows, and finally radial filters to reveal details. For your foreground, it might be a good idea to work with shadows and graded filters.

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