The world is about to witness the supermoon on Monday. Our nearest celestial neighbour is going to be at its brightest and largest in the past 70 years. Obviously this is a good time to take the photograph of the moon especially when we tend to take a photograph of practically everything these days.
The moon appears bigger when it comes near to the earth. The point nearest to the earth at a particular time is called perigee and it keeps on changing with every visit of the moon. On an average, the nearest the moon comes to the earth is around 384,400 km. But this time, it is going to be 27,891 km nearer. The supermoon will appear 30% brighter and 14% larger than what it usually appears. So, if you ever want to take the photograph of the moon, this is perhaps the best time. The last time it came this near was in 1948.
The next time you see the similar supermoon will be in 2034, so it’s a good chance to click a photograph if you can. Since most of the people these days carry their smartphones and not everybody owns a professional camera, many people are wondering how to take photographs of the supermoon. A problem with a smartphone camera is that when you try to take the photograph of the moon, it appears like a smudge rather than a complete lunar ball. Preferably, you should take such an important photograph with a proper camera but if a proper camera is not available, you have to make do with your smartphone camera.
The correct way of taking photographs of the supermoon with your smartphone camera
- Make sure you have installed the correct camera app: There are many camera apps for smartphones and some are good and some are not that good. You will need a camera app that processes background and foreground images well and captures different shades of light in a judicious manner. Remember that the moon is going to appear as a bright ball and many camera apps go haywire when trying to focus on a bright object.
- Click the photograph when the moon is near the horizon: Due to the deflection of the moonlight the moon appears the biggest when it is almost touching the horizon.
- Take the photograph of the supermoon with your smartphone at the correct time: In India the moon is going to appear in its full glory at around 7:22 PM. Check out at what time the moon is going to be at its biggest in your geographic location and prepare yourself accordingly.
- Fix your smartphone atop a tripod: Remember that the moon is very far away and even small shakes can give you a blurry picture. This is why, it will help you if you fix your camera atop a tripod so that it doesn’t shake when you take the photograph of the supermoon.
- Use the optical lens is not the digital zoom: You will needlessly end up blurring your photograph if you use digital zoom on your smartphone camera. Use a normal, default zoom.
- Use a comparison: Though this is a superfluous suggestion it is being mentioned everywhere, even on this National Geographic tutorial on how to take photographs of the supermoon with your smartphone camera. Click the photograph when you can compare the moon with a real-world object to give a true sense of its size. But it hardly matters. The real reason you would like to take a photograph of the supermoon is to get a real picture of the surface, not to show how big the moon is compared to some building.