- In the Field
How to Photograph a Supermoon
Whether you’re using your best camera or your smartphone, photographers offer tips on how to shoot the bigger than usual moon.
There are as many ways to shoot a supermoon as there are vantage points on Earth. We asked several professional photographers for tips on how to position yourself (and your camera) for a chance at the best shot.
Find the biggest lens you can and then add a teleconverter lens, says Mark Thiessen, a National Geographic staff photographer. Theissen photographed the moon for the magazine about ten years ago using a 600mm lens and a 2x converter. He traveled to Moab, Utah—where the desert landscape would ensure a clear sky—and used GPS software called The Photographer’s Ephemeris to know exactly where the moon would rise, as well as the arc it would take across the sky.
Technically, the moon is the same