How to photograph the moon

How to photograph the moon broken down step by step with camera settings and gear.

My friend called me last night and asked me, Edin how do I take photos of the moon? I guess when I am out shooting I do not always think about how to shoot certain things, I just go on automatic mode and get shooting.

The moon can be a bit tricky to shoot, however, it is not hard and it does not to be complicated.

The most important thing to remember, there has to be a full moon out there. Here are the things you need.

  1.  A tripod I use my MeFOTO tripod it is nice and sturdy and can hold my heavy Nikon D800 with my Nikon 70-200 lens.
  2.  A zoom lens, for this I recommend something 300 zoom plus. I do not have one so I used my Nikon 70-200. It works well.
  3.  A camera, I use my Nikon D800 but any camera that can be put in manual mode will work.

Now here are the settings you will need. Please remember that these will vary as you zoom and depending on how bright the moon is.

Settings: 1/160 sec f5.6 ISO 100 remember to be on a tripod. These zoom lenses can be very touchy and if you are not on a tripod your image will be blurry.

And that’s it guys, the trick is to play with your settings until you get the correct exposure. Remember to shoot the moon on a clear day and of course, during a full moon. Try to remember the settings as these are really good settings to get you started. Possibly even get you the shot that you want.

One last thing, remember to have fun out there and to experiment with different compositions. If you find a really cool tree try to incorporate it in there somehow. Its all about having fun guys. Drop me a line below, I’d love to hear your experiences photographing the moon. Have you ever done it?

How to photograph the moon


Free photography tutorials

Hi guys, I wanted to share with you a website loaded with daily FREE photography tutorials. That’s right FREE. This is where I go and watch videos and get tons of free information.

Whether you are looking for photography tutorials, editing or anything creative, guess what? They have you covered.  Ok ok, do you want to know what it is? Here is a link where they are playing live videos right now.

The truth is that Creative Live is the largest online school for creators. I have been using them for a long time to sharpen up my photography skills. They have a massive library of online courses and when you watch them live they are all free.

You can always purchase the courses to watch at your own leisure.

I first heard of Creative Live from Chase Jarvis, he is actually one of the creators of the school, and as a professional photographer, I knew I could trust him.

Conclusion – Having watched hundreds of videos, tutorials and taken online courses, I can tell you from first-hand experience that Creative Live is one of the best out there. The best part about it is that it is all FREE. You can’t beat that.

Check out some of the classes they have on right now and let me know what you think. I bet you will be addicted from this point forward. I know I am :)  Here is the link.


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Photolemur Full Review

I ran across Photolemur while doing a search for some cool plugins. Once I opened their page, I had to have the software. What is Photolemur? It is intelligent editing software.

What does that mean? It means you do not have to do anything. The software does it all for you. All you have to do is install, drop your photos in the software and like magic they come out editing. What is great about this particular software, is that it works as stand alone software or as a Lightroom plug in.

It is really cool and it actually does a really nice job. It does not overdo the image, it just makes some really nice crisp adjustments and the results are awesome.

I have tried it in a handful of photos and it seems to work well all around.  Below are the samples I used in the video. Let me know your thoughts, and if you are a user I’d like to know what you think about the software. I personally think is awesome, and for the price, you can’t beat it.

Clik on this link to download the software.  All photos in this post were shot with my [thirstylink linkid=”17203″ linktext=”” class=”thirstylink” title=”this camera”] and with the awesome [thirstylink linkid=”17204″ linktext=”” class=”thirstylink” title=”this awesome lens”].

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3 Lightroom tools you must know as a photographer

What are the 3 Lightroom tools you must know as a photographer? In this video, I cover 3 must know tools in your Lightroom develop module. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, this tools will help you get the most out of your images. Technology nowadays is so good that with the information you capture in a RAW file you can do a lot. From enhancing the dynamic range to basically adjusting just about everything inside your image.

3 Lightroom tools you must know as a photographer

I use this 3 tools on a daily basis when editing my images. I find that local adjustments are very useful in every image making it unique to your style.

Remember it’s all about the subtle changes, all the small adjustments you do to your image will come together at the end making a stunning photograph.

I shot the image in the video with my Nikon D800 and my Nikon 14-24mm on my MeFOTO tripod.

If you are looking for an easier way to edit your images, you can check out my Ultimate Lightroom Preset Collection.

3 Lightroom tools you must know as a photographer

How to find good light

We all want the best possible light to take great photos, however, sometimes it’s hard to find the right light.

It does not have to be that way. Good light is everywhere, you just have to figure out what you are looking for.  If you are new to photography know that the best times to shoot are at sunrise or sunset. During this times you will get the best light there is out there.

You have the nice soft golden light that makes everything look dreamy.

If you are out shooting in the middle of the day, you want to find shadows and cloud formations. At the same time, you want to find nice rays of light coming from the sun. Another thing to remember is that after a storm or rain comes really nice colors. The reflections throughout look beautiful and the light is nice and soft while the moist is in the air.

This photo is a great example. I shot this in the middle of the day at the Everglades. The light was a bit harsh but I saw a storm coming in the distance. I decided to wait for it, it never quite hit me but when it passed, it left this incredible cloud, full of color with a nice rainbow at the other end of it.  It was perfect, waiting around searching for a bit paid off.  If you are patient and look around you can find the right light during any time of day anywhere you are.

I shot this photo with my Nikon D800 using my favorite lens Nikon 24-85mm hand held from the back of my truck. Great times to be had out at the Everglades National Park.

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8 Easy Tips to Master Composition You Need To Know

Composition – is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art. How do I master composition?

In this short video, I give you 8 tips to master composition. That is what people tell me they struggle with the most, and understandably so. Composition can be extremely difficult to understand and or achieve. It is a way to tell a story, to express your feeling and what you are seeing. 

There truly is not a way to tell you how to compose your photos. That will come with time and experience. However, with this tips to master composition, you will be able to start understanding it a bit better and taking better photos. 

Think about these tips while you are out there taking photos. They make a big difference in the way you look at things and the way you see through your camera.  I can assure you that by following this tips your photography game will benefit greatly.

1.  Use leading lines to invite the viewer into the image. 

2.  Add a splash of color to your image. 

3. Change your perspective. (drones are great for this) 

4. Find interesting people to photograph. 

5. Use foreground elements to tell a compelling story. 

6. Use a zoom lens to compress your image. (bring the background closer to the viewer)

7.  Go shoot during bad weather. Crazy weather makes dramatic photos. 

8. Break all the rules. In the photography game there are NO rules.  

Have fun out there and remember to enjoy the scenery. Watch the video below to see examples of these 8 tips to master composition. 

The Gear

 Mavic Air is my favorite drone. Easy to pack for traveling and great for photos and video. The gear I use for all my photos: Nikon D800 with a Nikon 14-24mm a Nikon 24-85mm a Nikon 70-200.  A MeFOTO tripod is a must. I edit all my images with my Lightroom Presets download them and give them a try.

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Tips to Master Composition

Check out my 10 landscape photography tips. If you have any others to add please leave them in the comments below.