We've learned how to photograph the moon
by itself, now let's learn how to photograph the moon with a landscape foreground. When photographing the moon with a foreground object, like a landscape, distance is your best friend. Because the moon is so far away there is no way you will be able to have a close subject and the moon both within the sharp depth of field
. However, if you photograph the landscape from a distance the distance is compressed visually and you have a much better match between focus of the moon and your landscape. Using a smaller aperture (large F-Stop) will increase this effect.
As with most moon photography, exposure is much easier before the sun has completely set. This is especially true with most landscapes because you need some illumination from the sun to show the details of the land. For landscapes with the moon be sure to bracket your shots as what is technically the "right exposure" doesn't always return the best results. Often a slightly underexposed image of this type works best.
- Shoot from a distance
- Use a small aperture (large F-Stop)
- Bracket your exposures