How to capture a 'super' supermoon

It's supermoon Sunday! This weekend brings the start of the "Old Faithful" of meteor showers, the Perseids, plus the brightest supermoon of the year.

WEEKEND SKY: What to expect

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


Moonrise is the best time to shoot a well-composed photo that includes 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. If you miss out, don't worry. There will be another supermoon this fall.

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.

GALLERY: Supermoon


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