How to take super photos of the supermoon

The "Supermoon" occurs when the moon is close to the horizon, causing it to appear bigger and brighter. This week's occurrence will the closest moon to Earth since 1948.

If you're looking to capture the best of the night sky, these tips from Arizona Republic photographer Dave Seibert, should help.

More: Supermoon closest to Earth in nearly 70 years

Timing

Moonrise is the best time to shoot a well-composed photo that includes elements of your surroundings. Seibert suggests looking for reflections in lakes, silhouettes of planes, trains, animals or people.

Location, location, location

Make sure you have a good line of sight toward the horizon.

Lights, camera, action

Grab your smartphone, DSLR or old-fashioned 35mm and get ready to go.

On your phone

Use a tripod and frame the photo. Set the exposure for the brightness of the moon. Turn on stabilization, if you've got it, and try experimenting with night mode and ISO settings. Save the digital zoom and just crop later.

On your camera

Use a tripod and make sure your ISO is 400 or less. The longer the lens, the better. Use a self-timer, if you got one. Shoot on manual exposure and focus.

Do you have photos of the Supermoon that you'd like to be featured? Share your night sky photos on the WZZM 13 Facebook page!

USA Today


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