Photography by Moonlight


Todays cameras with their high ISO capability give us a great opportunity to capture images at night time under Moon light.

As your eyes can adjust to moonlight to enable you to see, your camera can also do a very good job of exposing an image provided that you understand a few basic techniques and have the right equipment to do the job.

The Moon reflects sunlight and provides about 1/20th the amount of light the Sun provides. For moonlight images long exposures will be required and consequently some means of supporting the camera will be required such as a tripod and a cable release to help steady the camera.

For moonlight images the faster the lens the better, lenses with an aperture of f/2.8 or even f/1.4 will be ideal. Also set the camera to a high ISO setting.

The imageĀ above was captured at Ubirr, Kakadu National Park Australia.