How to Take a Great Supermoon Photo

The last supermoon of 2020 is on May 7, and it is a great chance to take an entrancing and unique image incorporating it into a landscape or cityscape of your choice. This excellent video will show you how to plan and take a supermoon photo worthy of framing and hanging on your wall.

Coming to you from Tim Shields, this great video will show you how to plan and take a supermoon photo. The mistake people commonly make is taking a shot of the moon only by itself. The problem is that without something to show off its scale, it is not apparent to the viewer that the supermoon is any bigger than normal, and your shot ends up looking like any other. This is why all the best supermoon photos are incorporated into a landscape or cityscape of some sort to give the viewer perspective on how just how big the moon actually is. With a bit of careful planning (be sure to check the weather forecast in addition to picking a location) and careful choice of composition (including focal length), you can create some really memorable shots. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Shields. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Great tips & tricks :) Thanks for sharing. Hopefully the weather will turn to the better. West coast of Norway is pretty much wet and windy now.. Good luck with the Supermoon Photography everyone.

Great article! Here's my shot from last month. Details in my profile.

Wow, that is great work, Troy.

Thank you

A friend and I are going to be in separate counties but on the phone together as we take pictures of the supermoon tonight. We're both novices and aim to encourage each other. Videos like this have been super helpful too.

Nothing spectacular, but then again, I only have 135mm on the long end of my kit lens. I really wish I had a big zoom to take a nicer picture.
f11, 1/100, ISO100

Which clickbait moon should I take a photo of next? The Super Wolf Blood Harvest Sparrow moon, or the Super Worm Cow Strawberry Pyrite moon?

Edit: To clarify, this comment was more making fun of the breathless news coverage that always seems to crop up and blow a full moon out of proportion rather than this particular article, as if a "Flower Supermoon" is somehow going to be wildly different than a "Wolf Supermoon" or a "Worm Supermoon" or whatever from months prior.

A moon from a bus window

Yeah, I get what you're saying. I don't know why people get obsessed with the nick names. The moon doesn't even need to be full to make a great shot. I find a lot of partial moon shots to be more interesting than full moon shots.