Blood Moon: Five Tips for Photographing the Lunar Eclipse

This Friday (27), there will be a total lunar eclipse, giving shape to the Moon of Blood, which leaves the satellite reddish during the phenomenon. The event can be seen all over Brazil, but some cities will be privileged. Recife, for example, will be the first place to witness the event, around 5:15 p.m. The event is expected to last until 19:19.

All this is a spectacular event for the eyes, however, the cell phones fail to capture details of the lunar surface like the professional cameras, even the most advanced models. If you do not want to miss the eclipse and want to register it on social networks, TechTudo has separated five tips for photographing Blood Moon with your smartphone. The tests were performed on a Moto G5S Plus with Android Nougat (7.1.1). Check out the following lines.

Blood Moon takes place this Friday (27); see tips for photographing phenomenon with cell phone

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Increase the zoom

If your phone has optical zoom, adjust the camera app with the highest available value. The feature is featured in several dual-camera smartphones such as the iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8.

If your smartphone has only digital zoom, it is possible that the quality is affected, since the image is enlarged by software, and not by approaching the lens, making the final result equal to cut the photo in post production . Either way, you can boost the digital zoom slightly to make it easier to see the Blood Moon.

Optical zoom phones increase photo quality of Blood Moon

Choose manual focus

Most smartphones allow you to set the focus area of ​​the image. To do this, simply touch the space of the screen where the central object of the composition is, so that the focus circle is on it - like this mug that we use as an example. The hint prevents the moon from being blurred during capture.

Manual focus avoids losing the focus of the Blood Moon

Change ISO

Manual or professional photography modes are also present in most recent cell phones, including intermediaries. Thus, you can adjust the ISO, which allows you to control the sensitivity of the camera to light.

The higher the value, the clearer the picture will be. That is why the ISO should be down to photograph the moon, since, as the satellite has "own" illumination, the moon can become a huge white spot if the setting is high. One suggestion is to position the indicator to 100 or 150 at the most, however, the sensitivity should be adjusted according to the environment.

To take a photo of the moon, place the ISO between 100 or 150, but other settings are possible

Adjust the shutter speed

Another feature of advanced shooting modes in smartphones is the shutter speed. Like ISO, this feature directly interferes with the amount of light that will reach the sensor. The longer the shutter stays open, the more light will come in, and vice versa.

For the lunar eclipse photo, set the shutter speed (which may be shutter speed on your phone) to values ​​such as 1/100 or 1/150. If your camera app does not allow you to set the exact value, set it as close as possible.

Setting the shutter speed on your smartphone camera

Use tripod

Not shaking at the time of capture is essential for a good photo. Ideally, you have a tripod, as shown in the image below. The accessory can be found for about R $ 40 in the national retail.

If the accessory is not available at the moment, the palliative solution is to use other objects to serve as the base of support or activate the multiple shooting mode, which takes several photos at the same time.

Support tripod ensures that cell phone does not shake when taking photo of eclipse

With information: G1

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