Of course, photographing the moon on your iPhone requires patience, attention and some care. That’s why we’re going to need to take a look and check some of our iPhone’s configuration settings first of all.
How to capture images of the moon on iPhone?
To capture the Moon in the best way, follow these steps:
- Find a place away from bright lights for better visibility, places with less light pollution are best. Typically these sites are found in nature, on the outskirts of cities or in small towns. Once you’ve found the ideal spot, open the camera app on your iPhone.
- Make sure the night mode is activated, deactivate the flash and zoom in optimally to frame the Moon in the middle of the screen.
- Touch the brightest part of the Moon to focus and blocks exposure dragging the sun icon down.
- Active Live Photos and set a timer for 3 seconds to avoid accidental movements when capturing the image.
- Finally, press the shutter.
Now that we know the essential tricks to be able to photograph the moon with our iPhone, the next step is to learn how to edit this type of photographs. Personally, if you want to get the most out of it, I recommend using professional editing apps like Adobe Lightroom or Affinity Photo. You can also use simpler applications like VSCO or Lightroom, or even the iPhone’s own native editing application, which has improved a lot over time.
Accessories that will help you photograph the moon better
If you want to improve the results of your photographs even more, we recommend that you use some accessories for your iPhone that will help improve their quality.
For a start, a tripod It would help stabilize your iPhone during the use of Night Mode, avoiding the blur caused by the natural movement that occurs when we take freehand photos. You could also incorporate a telephoto lens to zoom in on the details of the lunar surface. Currently there are different brands such as Nomad or Sandmarc that sell this type of accessories.
Extra tips for photographing the moon with the iPhone
- Activate the Grid from Settings to align the Moon in the frame and center the subject as much as possible.
- If you have an iPhone 15 or 14 Pro, Take advantage of the 48 MP ProRAW feature for detailed images of the night sky.
- Uses manual camera apps to adjust settings like ISO.
- Plan your photography sessions using moon tracking applications to know the ideal position and phases. Photographing the Moon when it is low in the sky will make it easier to capture features of its surface.
- Use applications like star walk for a detailed map of lunar visibility at your location.
Although as we mentioned at the beginning, one of the most important points is to carefully choose your environment, the place from which we want to take the photograph. Look for a clear night sky and let your creativity run wild by taking photos of the moon with your iPhone.