If you have a DSLR camera with enough telephoto lenses, of course, this event can be captured well, but for most people who only have a smartphone camera, can it be captured? Yes, and here are a few suggestions for better capturing.
Not a picture of a large moon with details of the crater and its wrinkles that can be captured by a smartphone camera directly, without the help of other tools. If you want to capture images of the moon like this, a smartphone camera can do it, with the help of a telescope or binocular minimum, or an additional smartphone-specific telephoto lens with sufficient magnification.
With a smartphone camera without the aid of a magnifying lens, we can still capture the eclipse of the moon well in terms of presenting different photos. Usually, we frame it with landscape photos, can combine it with nature, trees, cities, even the silhouette of the roofs of houses. Depends on our creativity.
A picture of the moon in the shape of just a small white sphere with a void of the sky around it, captured by a smartphone camera would be unattractive.
Here are some suggestions adapted from wikiahow.com to capture images of the lunar eclipse with a better smartphone camera.
If possible, choose a high location, which is quite dark. High locations are usually fewer obstacles, less pollution, and a fairly dark location allows us to take photos that are more focused on the moon because bright ambient light can affect the results of the photo.
Use Manual Mode (Pro) Smartphone Camera
Many smartphone cameras are now equipped with a manual mode (pro), where we can adjust the amount of ISO, EV, opening time, AWB, and so forth. Use this mode, with the main setting use the smallest ISO possible so that night images are not much noise, reduce EV too, and compensate for longer lens openings, for smartphone cameras to pick up the natural contours around quite well and the moon is not over bright.
Please try to take photos with a variety of shutter speeds to get the most suitable opening time, and of course, don’t use a flash.
In this manual photo mode, set the camera’s focus distance with manual focus to infinity, and adjust the composition properly. The moon does not need to always be in the middle, the composition of the rule of the third can be used.
To make it easier, on the smartphone camera grid lines can be displayed, to help composition. This good composition that allows photos of a lunar eclipse from our smartphone deserve to be exhibited on social media.
For those who do not have a pro or manual mode on their smartphone, you can try a number of applications both in the Playstore and AppStore, such as a camera manual, FV-5, and so on.
Some smartphone cameras also support taking pictures in RAW mode, or images that are not compressed so that the image data is still complete as is. Those who master photo editing can try this mode for more leverage editing.
Don’t Use Digital Zoom
Unless our camera has optical zoom, don’t zoom in on digital images to take photos. Digital zoom will look rough, and in fact, the same as later when we take photos can be cropped. For details that remain good when cropped, always use the maximum megapixels from the camera.
Do not use digital filters when taking photos of the moon, better editing such as changing color profiles, adding attributes, etc., is done later.
Use a Tripod
Use a tripod, either a large or mini tripod, or lean your smartphone’s camera on a stationary object, such as a wall, a stone, or a fence. Nighttime photos easily blur, especially if we use longer shutter speed, so the smartphone camera really needs to be still.
Don’t forget, also clean the camera lens, to get images that are really in focus, and use a timer such as 2-5 seconds on the camera settings, so that new photos are taken after a few seconds we press the shutter button, so that the picture is completely still, not shaken our fingers.
Pay Attention to The Schedule of Changes of the Moon
Pay attention to the Moon change schedule, which can be found in many places. With this schedule, we have preparations and can take pictures of interesting moon changes, from full moon or blue moon, to eclipses, and back again. Take every moment that can later be displayed one by one, or be combined with a photo editing application to get a moving and changing picture of the moon.
Happy hunting for a lunar eclipse photo, and don’t hesitate to show it off on social media. Don’t be afraid of criticism, because criticism often makes us able to work better.