Photographing the moon is all about getting the right exposure. I guess no matter what you do you have the moon in the photo as a big ball of light. What a weird thing to shoot in the dark the photo is overexposed. How do you photograph the moon with smartphone so that the elements of the lunar landscape that we incorrectly call sea and land are visible in the photo?
It is necessary to reduce the exposure of the photo.
1 – Turn off the flash
The flash only illuminates close objects. Reflected light from the flash may have degraded your photos. Tap the flash icon on the side or top of the screen and be sure to select the flash in the circle with the line through it – showing the flash as “off”
If you need to highlight the moon in your photo, touch the screen with two fingers and use the stretch gesture to zoom in, and vice versa. However, zooming in reduces the quality of the photo, so don’t overdo it with the zoom.
3 – Switch to manual or PRO mode
Many mobile phones are equipped with a manual mode. This allows you to customize your camera settings. Open the camera app and then tap the three vertical lines (menu) icon in the top left corner and then tap manual, sometimes also pro.
4 – Switch the file saving format to RAW
On the left side of the camera interface you will see a JPG icon. Tap on it and switch to RAW JPG. The RAW format allows you to make corrections to your photos even after you’ve taken them.
5 – Adjust the exposure
Change the exposure value by tapping the EV option on the screen and selecting low exposure.
6 – Lower the ISO
If your photo is still too bright then lower the ISO to between 80 and 100.
Android and IOS smartphone devices users have option to take photos with the built-in camera app or download a third-party camera app. These apps often allow better control of the camera on the mobile than the pre-installed factory camera apps.
Photographing the moon is all about lowering your exposure and keeping a firm grip on your smartphone. When you reduce the exposure, the white ball will show the contours of the moonscape. Your photo will appear blurry or out of focus. This blurring is caused by extreme digital zoom and your hand shake.