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Tonight is supermoon night. The second one of three to occur this year, this supermoon is special for one simple reason. Tonight, the moon will be bigger and brighter than it has ever been! (ALSO SEE What is a supermoon and when can I see the largest moon in 70 years?) Caused by the moon being closest to the earth on a full moon day, the supermoon is a spectacular sight and a delight for observers and especially, photographers. Imagine gazing at the moon from your rooftop or a famous landmark when it looks so large and stunning! Also Read - Are Sanitary Napkins Not 'Essential' Enough to be COVID-19 Lockdown Exception?
If you are exited about this phenomenon like we are, you may want to click some amazing pictures this evening. Capturing the supermoon may be a tricky task so here are a few things you need to keep in mind: Also Read - Reel Life Ram Arun Govil Watches Ramayan Along With His Grandchildren, Picture Goes Viral
1. DO NOT FRAME JUST THE MOON. It would be a rookie mistake to capture the moon alone with nothing to add perspective. Understand that you need to add some context to the shot as the moon will only look big when its relative to another object. So, make sure you capture the supermoon in reference to something. Also Read - Over 19 People Killed in Massive Forest Fire in China’s Sichuan Province
2. If you’re using a smartphone, it may get difficult to capture the moon in one frame. So, try a panoramic shot with some interesting foreground. To get the right light balance of the moon on newer smartphones, you can lock your focus by tapping the screen where you see the moon and then sliding your finger up or down to darken or lighten the exposure.
3. You may get the shot when it is brighter, especially if you live in an urban area. So, get your shot before it gets too dark.
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4. If you can get to remote area where there is no pollution, nothing like it. It is totally worth taking a couple-hour drive today as you will remember this night for the rest of your life.
5. It may be a good idea to use some natural elements like trees in the foreground and capture the moon in the background.
6. For those with a DSLR, it is advisable to use the daylight white balance setting for capturing moonlight, since sunlight is being reflected. If you have a longer lenses the shutter speed typically needs to be a lot faster to get the right exposure as the moon is a moving object.
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