The Lunar Eclipse October 2023 will be visible in various parts of India, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and Varanasi at midnight today (October 28-29). This celestial event provides an opportunity to photography enthusiasts to capture the beautiful lunar eclipse.
While experts use fancy cameras and telescopes for great eclipse shots, the US-based space agency NASA suggests that people can take pictures of the beautiful lunar eclipse with smartphones.
Here are NASA’s simple tips for capturing great lunar eclipse photos with your smartphone.
– Planning is key: If you want to increase your odds of making a truly memorable photo, look for a good shooting location during daylight hours. Practice using your camera’s controls in advance. Give yourself plenty of time to set up.
– Know where and when to look for the Moon: One of the most important parts of planning is to know when the Moon sets on a given day, and its current phase.
There are a number of commercial apps available on smartphone that can help you predict exactly when, where and how the Moon will make an appearance.
– Find something to stabilize your phone: If you don’t have a tripod, prop your phone up on something steady.
Composition matters when you’re setting up your shot. Look for foreground objects to frame the Moon, give context, or add to the design of your image.
– Turn off the flash, and focus your camera on the Moon instead of the sky, usually by touching it on your screen. To avoid a blown-out, fuzzy, white image, lower the brightness.
– Use a photo timer if your phone has one to help you avoid touching and jostling the phone when you snap the picture.
– Zoom may or may not be helpful, depending on your phone.
– Some phones have a genuine optical zoom, but others have digital zoom and just perform a crop ― which you could do yourself after you take your picture.
– Experiment with your zoom to determine whether or not it will help with your Moon picture.
– If your phone allows you to change settings such as ISO (sensitivity to light) and aperture (the size of the opening that lets in light), try setting the ISO low and the aperture wide.
-If possible, you can also play with the shutter speed to ensure that the Moon is exposed correctly. Start with a faster shutter speed and adjust downward.