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How to take a Full moon picture that will make you howl ;)

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When I saw todays daily prompt, "Howl at the Moon" I though of sharing another easy photography tip. I love the freedom to interpret the prompts the way you want it!

If you have tried you must be knowing that it is quite tricky to get the moon picture, with the details of the Moon as well as the clouds that surrounds it. It will look great when we see through our naked eyes. But a camera is not as competent as our eyes and won't give the picture that we want to get. One thing only camera can do is, Zoom! Rest, it is no match to our eyes!

So when I tried to capture a full moon once upon a time, with all its glory ie. the black spots on the moon and dark clouds around them, it wouldn't just happen! It came out either too bright or too dark. Let me show you my first attempt.

moon , photography

Bright Moon

Spec : ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/60sec

There lies the big light ball, or a hole in the sky.  It even looks like sun through some black glass. I needed the MOON, with its beautiful spots on.

So I tried an underexposed shot, making it dark. And it turned out like this

The Moon photography

The Moon

Spec : ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/4000 sec

Camera Canon EOS 1100 D 😉 Lens 55-250mm

Oh, the clouds just got vanished into thin air!! But I was very much happy about this picture. And I couldn't find anything in between, until recently. Glad that I took both these pictures.

I tried Photoshop! Yes, confession time! I did try a little bit of Photoshoping and editing! I told you that  so far my pictures are almost straight from the camera.

Well a bit of editing is nice at times 😉

  • Create two layers.
  • Top layer : Bright moon with clouds
  • Bottom layer : Dark moon with the details
  • Reduced the opacity of top layer until both moons will show up in the picture
  • Align both moons by moving any one layer
  • once aligned, erase the top layer moon,
  • Now the background layer appears in the erased portion.
  • Adjust the opacity of both layers to 100%, back to original.
  • Now you have the final result.
The moon and the clouds photography

The moon and the clouds

I have seen image editing mobile apps with such features, where you can add multiple layer of pictures and erase on layer. Picsart is one such mobile app.  I haven't used it for this picture though. Maybe I will try and let you know, or else you can do the same and let me know 😀

If you know an easier method or better way of getting moon picture like this, please let me know. I would love to learn.

So got any moon pictures to share?!

Written by : Trablogger
Trablogger aka Jithin is an Indian travel blogger who is obsessed with leading a travel life. When he is not traveling, photographing, writing or blogging, you can see him thinking about sustaining this travel life or helping someone to travel more.
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Great tips! posted a photo of full moon few days back Wish i had read these tips then. https://randomwordstorm.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/full-moon-as-seen-from-my-terrace/
I am not good with editing at all. So, posted without editing.


Yes, definitely. Thanks for the post.


I've always struggled taking pictures of the moon ! Awesome tips !!! Thanks !!


Not yet 🙂

[…] by TraBlogger I’ve dabbled in moon photography sans photoshop. This is the best I could get with my good […]

I am howling...very beautiful my friend! 😉


Yes, I am going to try! 🙂


Thank YOU for sharing! Two layers, very Cool! ISO 3200 and 1/4000 sec. Wow!


yay for photoshop.. and a good Camera:)


Hmm they must be brilliant lol



What camera did you use? And other specs for the dark moon?

I have Canon 1100D.

A regular Indian girl!

I mostly use on auto mode 😛 Have not tried anything else *hiding*

I am told the cam is good by people who click really good pictures, though.

A regular Indian girl!

Ashamed of your new student? 🙁

Soul n Spirit

Thanks for the tip. I will try, I must confess I love photography but editing and technology is a big pain and I want to avoid it.

[…] How to take a Full moon picture that will make you howl 😉 […]

Hi! Nice one. A pic of the moon was among the first ones on my blog. If you're interested, you could take a look here http://pixelvoyages.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/cosmic-charm/

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