Gadgets Now Bureau10 Sep, 2022, 08:45AM IST
Full moon on September 10: To do and not-to-do while taking pictures from your smartphone
To do: Find an open location with a clear field of view take pictures
The key to getting good images of the moon or any other celestial phenomenon is finding the right location. Look for an open space with a clear view of the sky. Also, make sure that there’s no wire or any other obstructions in your camera’s field of view.
To do: Use Tripod, it will help keep your shots stable
Using tripods for celestial event photography is a good idea as it helps keep the shots stable and blur-free.
Not to do: Use flash as they may ruin your shots
Using flash for capturing distant objects like the moon does not help. Please note that the moon is around 384,400 kilometres from the earth so using the flash does not make any difference. Instead, it will illuminate the dust particles and surroundings, which may ruin your pictures.
To do: Use the built-in timer function to reduce shakes and blur
Shooting in the dark scenario is relatively tricky. Our smartphones usually reduce the shutter speed to get brighter shots. So, to avoid any unwanted shakes while pressing the shutter, use the built-in timer function from the camera app. A 10-second timer is good enough for the camera to gain stability.
Not to do: Use zoom lens
Digital zoom deteriorates the camera quality and the resolution of the photos. Avoid it as much as you can. Instead, use the telephoto lens of your smartphone. Most modern smartphones come with a dedicated 2x telephoto lens, some premium models even have up to 10x telephoto lens. With the help of the telephoto camera on your smartphone, you can zoom in on a scene or on a single subject as per your requirement. The sensor allows you to easily capture subjects from a distance. These sensors support optical zoom which is considered better than digital zoom.
To do: Use HDR, it will help enhance details
Enable HDR while capturing moon photos. HDR or High Dynamic Range is designed to improve details in the images and it can help you get a better and more detailed shot of the Moon.
To do: Lock your focus on the moon
The tap-to-focus feature can be of great help. Simply tap on the moon on the viewfinder before pressing the shutter button. This will ensure that the moon is in focus in the shot.
To do: Reduce the exposure to boost the sharpness
Reducing brightness or exposure will not only help your phone focus better but also give you a sharper image. The default exposure value is usually set at 0. However, you can change the exposure value if your scene is too dark or light. Look for Pro Mode (on Android phone) and tap on shutter speed, now move up and down (or use the slider at the bottom) to adjust exposure.
To do: Keep ISO low to keep grains in control
Higher ISO results in brighter but granny images. So, keep the ISO level around 100 or 200 for the grain-free images. For those unaware, ISO is your camera sensor’s sensitivity to light.
To do: Use RAW mode to capture shots, if available
Some smartphones come with a dedicated RAW mode. Use it to get more granular control over the camera parameters and get a better and more detailed shot.