Before you go outside with your camera to capture this Instagram-worthy picture, here are some tips and tricks from an avid space photographer.
Dennis Doucet, 61, has taken breathtaking pictures of the moon shining over Kobe, Japan, for several years and many of his photos have even been released on CNN. The moon symbolizes for him one of the "common constants of humanity".
"When I'm abroad and miss friends or family, I look at the moon and hope they look at the moon as well, and we'll have a shared experience," said Doucet, originally from Canada CNN.
Okay, let's get down to business. First, you need the right equipment. Doucet suggests a good camera, different lenses and of course a tripod.
"I chose so-called micro-four-thirds cameras because they are smaller, lighter, and cheaper than standard change-over cameras," he said.
The reason he likes the smaller, lighter camera is that it's easier to carry, especially with all your gear. He also suggests different lenses, from extreme wide angles up to 300 mm. The latter is "in relative resolution synonymous with a 600-mm telephoto lens on a normal camera".
With this lens you can experience the moon up close.
Location, Location, Location
Now that you have your equipment, it's time to pick the best site. Doucet usually takes pictures of his backyard, but on special occasions such as solar eclipses, moonrises and moonset, he searches for an area with a clear view and less light from the city.
He suggests downloading a Mondfinder app to your device phone.
"Many of them can fade this information into a real-time camera image on our cell phones," he said. "We point the (mobile) camera at the horizon and the app shows us where the moon (or the sun) will rise, its trajectory through the sky, where it will go down and the times of these events."
. This will help you to find the perfect location for your tripod setup.
Before you leave the house, Doucet suggests you pay attention to the right clothing for the weather (some nights it gets cold) and to get dressed comfortably.
"Do not wear any of your favorite clothes – lying on the ground, climbing a tree, etc. It can often give an angle that can make the difference between a good shot and a BIG shot!"
The Camera Settings
Now to these annoying camera settings: This "automatic" setting is not your friend when photographing the moon because the moon reflects a bunch of light from the sun.
"When a camera is turned on When set to" AUTO ", the entire darkness (black) of the room is" seen "and tries to expose it halfway between black and white – increasing the exposure (many times!) will, "he said.
"This increase in exposure will in turn wash out ALL features on the moon and the resulting image will only show a (completely) white circle."
But do not worry, Doucet shares his exact settings that you can use, and he said they should "deliver fantastic moon exposures".
When using a lens with a focal length (or equivalent) of 600 mm or longer:
Aperture: 6.7 (or near)
Shutter speed: (somewhere in between) 1 / 1250 -1/2500 seconds
But wait, there is more!
Doucet says hand-shooting is possible at these shutter speeds, but strongly recommends a tripod. He even suggests a remote trigger to avoid camera shake.
Now that you have your pictures, Doucet suggests editing them in black and white. Here is the reason:
"Because the lunar soil (regolith) has a light, drab brown color, it is not very photogenic and does not show much contrast between brightly lit areas and shadows," he said. This will help him if necessary to adjust the contrast and brightness.
Plus, this is that you do not need fancy programs, he said. Most photo editing apps on our phone will do it.
Now you can get started and take the perfect photo to showcase to your friends.
Doucet's latest advice is: Make sure your equipment is working properly before you leave home, always carrying extra batteries and a fresh memory card.
"And most important of all, have fun!"
CNN's Lilit Marcus contributed to this report.