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25 Spooky Portraits

Posted: 29 Oct 2013 11:37 AM PDT

Halloween is almost here so today we thought we’d put together a collection of slightly spooky portraits (click each to be taken to the photographers page).

By the way – if you’re taking some halloween portraits this year please share yours in comments below!

scary movie 2.0

beautiful people

halloween rejects

I'm Not Dead.

the girl who lived (not quite hermione granger)

self-portrait as Jack & Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas

wash away everythin' that you thought you'd found.

the Orchestration of Sleep


ghost train


self-portrait as a skellington

disregard of standards

Night Hunter

Happy Halloween!

October 19th 2008 - Ghosts of the Past

Walking Dead



the Witch

Poster of a Girl

Killer 064/365

Groundlings Spooky Groombridge 015

Just Insanity !

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A Day At The Beach: Photographing Seaside Landscapes

Posted: 29 Oct 2013 08:17 AM PDT

Photographing Seaside Landscapes

This shot was taken just after a January snow storm. The ice glistening on the dune grass made for an excellent foreground while the lighthouse towered in the background. A polarizer was used to help darken the sky. Taken with the EOS 5D Mark II and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II. ISO 100, 1/250 at f/16.

Living on the east coast of the United States, I have easy access to any number of beaches to use as subjects for my photographic purposes. While many of these beaches may not be as dramatic as those on the west coast, they offer many photographic opportunities and shouldn’t be overlooked.  Most people think of the beach as being a summer destination, but I’ve found it to be an excellent location all year round for a variety of reasons.

Photographing Seaside Landscapes

Dramatic skies and rushing water can make even the simplest composition interesting. I used a low point of view and a slower shutter speed to capture the water rushing straight at the camera, ready to grab the tripod if the water knocked the tripod over. The clouds eliminated any bright sunlight and created an almost monochromatic image.  EOS 5D Mark III with EF 14mm f/2.8L II. Exposure was 8 seconds, f/20, ISO 100.

Photographing Seaside Landscapes poses a number of problems for the photographer. There’s wind, sand, and water to contend with, and keep out of your equipment.  There are some precautions you can take to minimize the chances of disaster striking. 

First, I usually spread a blanket out and put my camera bag down on that. It helps prevent sand from getting the seams of the bag, and it also lets the flap of my backpack rest somewhere other than sand.  I speak from experience when I say that resting that lid on the sand and then flipping it up to close it is a good way to get sand inside the bag.

The next issue is the water. Obviously, the most basic rule is to keep your bag as far away from the water as possible. Pay attention to the tides and watch that the waves aren’t coming closer to where you’ve stashed your gear. But that’s only half the issue. Generally when I’m at the beach, water is at the very least a major part of what I’m shooting.  I tend to take a few chances here.  I like low angles, and dramatic shots.  That tends to put my camera right in harm’s way.  If I’m not on a tripod, I ensure that the strap is always around my neck to keep it from falling.  If I’m on a tripod, I tend to keep my hand ready at all times to grab it and move if a big wave comes. If it helps you feel more secure, you can always use a rain cape to protect from splash, or if submersion may be possible, an underwater housing might be called for.  I don’t personally use any of these items and just use a lot of care when near the water, but I have heard many horror stories of cameras that went swimming.

Sunrise and sunset are my favorite times for the soft warm light they provide.  I use graduated neutral density  filters when they are called for, depending on the light, as well as standard neutral density filters to help control my shutter speed to determine how I render water.

I find myself going back to the same beaches over and over. By their nature, they change often, as weather erodes them, tides build them back up, and secrets beneath the sand are revealed.  Often after a storm is the best time, as the combination of wind and rain will create patterns in the sand and pools of water which create beautiful reflections.

Where do you find yourself visiting over and over to fulfill your photographic urges?

Photographing Seaside Landscapes

This shot is actually a west coast beach- Pelican Point in Laguna, California. A 4 stop ND grad was used to darken the sky. The foreground is a large rock with a beautiful pattern of cracks for interest. EOS 5D Mark III with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II. 1 second at f/16, ISO 400.

Photographing Seaside Landscapes

This shot was taken at sunrise, as the tide was coming in. Water continually washed over the jetty, and the light playing on the water and rocks captured my interest. EOS-1D X with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II. Exposure was .4 seconds at f/16, ISO 100. A 3 stop neutral density filter was also used.

Have you had any success with Photographing Seaside Landscapes? Share your images and tips in comments below.

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If you’re primarily using the camera for small 5″ by 7″ prints or online slide shows, you do not need more than several megapixels, making for some really inexpensive options. I’ve read that this 8 GB and larger cards is often unstable. Almost all with the CCTV appliances record and preserve the images and videos inside a video recorder or directly in to a sever if you can find IP cameras. ISO performance is most likely about as good as other cameras on this class, in as far as you will start to determine digital noise creeping in at ISO 800 and above. I can honestly say that this camera is fantastic and extremely dependable.

Its really about your collection of style, the power you want at your finger tips, along with etc that the looking for in the digital camera. This waterproof camera bag fits most point-and-shoot cameras available around the market today. But, she has were able to take some photos which were just as effective as some we’ve taken on our (higher priced) camera. If the screw is stripped or perhaps the battery compartment is corroded, it’s likely you have to replace the trunk door (or the date unit, if it unscrews in the back door) to work with the date feature. “About Our New Red Light Cameras,” City of Alpharetta, Georgia Website.

It was a great day to simply go rambling to view what my camera might find. The aperture priority setting is still fairly automatic, but you have the freedom to select the f-stop. Even for household purposes, the wireless security camera systems are wonderful options. On the inside, you can either paint with a dull dark colored or line the inside with black paper to ensure there’s no reflection given off. This provides you a picture that is an accurate image from the precise colour, pattern and fine details on the reflecting surface.

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Casio Exilim EX-Z77 Digital Camera Review

Another model in Casio’s Z series. Compared to the similar EX-Z75, the EX-Z77 has a larger internal memory, higher ISO rating, eight more pre-set scene modes and Hi-speed continuous shooting.

Casio Exilim Ex-Z77 Casio Exilim EX-Z77 Specification

  • Resolution: 7.2Mp CCD
  • Image size: 3072 x 2304
  • Lens: 3x optical, 4x digital f/3.1-5.9
  • Focus: Auto, Pan, Infinity, Manual, Macro (10cm)
  • Metering: Multi-pattern, Centre weighted, Spot
  • Shutter speed: &frac12; – 1/2000 second
  • Self timer: Yes
  • Flash: Auto, On, Off, Soft, Red-eye
  • Monitor: 2.6in TFT LCD colour
  • Storage: 11.4Mb internal, SD, SDHC
  • Size/weight: 95 x 59 x 19.8mm/118g
  • Transfer: USB 2.0

The Fujifilm F40fd comes in at £109 with a higher 8Mp resolution, brighter lens and 2.5in screen. The Fujifilm is an older model, though. Alternatively, at £125, the Optio M40 from Pentax also has an 8Mp resolution, shares the Casio’s aperture ability and the Fuji screen size.

Casio Exilim EX-Z77 Modes and features
Casio Exilim EX-Z77 It was November when I last got to look at a Casio and that was the EX-Z1080. The first Casio I got to look at with the family first face detection system. I was impressed then and I’m still impressed now.

The camera allows you to program your family’s faces into it by taking a picture of them. Then, if you’re in a big crowd, the Family first software will prioritise and focus on your family members over anyone else in foreground or background. It’s a great way to ensure sharp pictures of your family and I’m surprised no other companies have started to incorporate it into their models.

Access to the face detection and other features like the resolution, flash options, ISO and White balance are accessed by pressing the Set button on the back of the camera. The menu that is accessed in this way is on show at the right side of the screen meaning that the screen size is not linked to the field of view.

Interestingly, the 2.5in screen is not all incorporated in the picture taking process and actually only uses 2.25in. Does this make the specification of the models that use this feature lower? That’s personal opinion. The screen is 2.5in, so Casio are not lying, its just a shame that the whole area isn’t used like the specification suggests.

41 best shot modes are installed into the tiny body of the Z77. These are accessed by pressing the BS button at the bottom of the camera. They come up as large icons and they have to be scrolled through. Older models showed them as an index with several options showing on one page at a time. I think I preferred this old method as it allowed me to skip up down, left or right to access the features quicker.

The menu has only three access tabs when pressed but is still comprehensive with several pages to each tab.

The Record mode has all the options for amending anything that will affect the final picture such as Focus modes, Self timer, Anti shake, Digital zoom, Grid and Review to name a few. There is also a Quality tab which I would have thought would house only resolution and compression options, but no. In this tab, there are a plethora of options such as quality ratings for still and video images, White balance, ISO ratings, Metering and colour filters amongst others.

Casio Exilim EX-Z77 The Set up tab has three pages of menus to allow more core changes to the camera such as Playback display, Time/date adjustments, Language, auto shut off and so on.

A great deal of these options are removed when the camera is put into Easy mode. This is still signified by a four leaf clover on the quick access menu despite mentioning in the review of the EX-Z75 that a four leaf clover is a symbol of luck, not easiness. The menu also switches to a nice Green colour whilst you’re in this mode.

Casio Exilim EX-Z77 Build and handling
The metal body feels sturdy enough when held and even the battery door has no give to it. The lens has minimal movement and the zoom motors are nice and quiet.

The same problems persist with the EX-Z77 as what were present on the Casio Exilim EX-Z75 in terms of dimensions and the location of the USB port. The camera is thin and can stand up on its own, but it’s unstable and a slight tap can knock it over adding to the possibility of damaging the screen. The USB port is situated on the bottom of the camera meaning that to download images via USB, the camera must be laid on the front or shiny screen on the back.

Casio Exilim EX-Z77 Flash options
The options available for the Casio Exilim EX-Z77 are Auto, Flash off, On, Soft and Red eye reduction. In the Easy mode, Red eye reduction and Soft flash mode are removed.

The distance of the flash is 0.1 to 3.5m at wide angle and 0.6 to 1.9m at telephoto. Acceptable enough to cover most scenarios, but by no means inspiring.

Casio Exilim EX-Z77 Casio Exilim EX-Z77 Performance
The Casio Exilim EX-Z77 has two types of continuous shooting. The standard speed can take 23 images in ten seconds, which is a good result for a compact.

The Hi-speed continuous shooting mode manages 43 images in ten seconds which, whilst an excellent result, quality is compromised so that the images can download quicker. Expect to only get images at 2Mp in the Hi-speed continuous mode.

The portrait mode has a nice warm feel, but suffers from natural shadow on the wall. The face has a nice exposure and the skin tones are even.

The same shot with flash has removed the natural shadows, but created a shadow of Becky which is not as welcome as the others.

The flash hasn’t reflected too badly off the skin and the portrait mode has still retained it’s warmth.

The landscape image at the lock has given an unusual result in the exposures. Both images were taken one after the other and even though one is in Landscape mode, it has recorded at the same shallow aperture as the Program mode shot.

The blues and greens are more saturated, but a deep depth of field is needed for getting everything in focus. These shots were taken at f4.4, which is certainly odd.

Casio Exilim EX-Z77
The Landscape shot shows a boost in green and blue.
Casio Exilim EX-Z77
Both shots received the same aperture though. Landscape mode should be shallower.

Casio Exilim EX-Z77 Noise test
Its a shame that noise starts to appear at ISO200 although this is only noticeable when the image is at full size.

Green and purple splodges can be seen in low key areas from ISO400 and luckily ISO800 is the highest rating with the detail in the petals beginning to decay.

Casio Exilim EX-Z77 Verdict
After reading the Snap Shot review and seeing what the other sites said about this camera, I’m willing to agree with them. Their’s nothing to inspire on this camera, it simply plods along.

The results are decent enough, so I won’t say to stay away from the camera. The Family first face detection is great, but it’s not innovative to this model.

Gadget Granny says:
It’s a nice sized camera, perfect for the pocket, but it might get lost in my handbag and there’s a chance I might mistake it for my phone. I have medium sized hands and the buttons are just big enough. Someone with big hands might have trouble.

I like the grid used for Rule of Thirds. I can use it to frame the kids up. I might use the video function, but not the YouTube feature. I’ll leave that to the youngsters.

Casio Exilim EX-Z77 Plus points
Family first face detection
Good skin tone performance
Good continuous shooting mode, albeit at low-res

Casio Exilim EX-Z77 Minus points
Pincushion distortion at wide-angle
Poor macro facility
Landscape mode uses wrong apertures
Not many ISO settings





The Casio Exilim EX-Z77 costs around £99. Contact Casio for a list of local retailers.

Take a look in the ePHOTOzine shop for other cool Casio kit here.

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Panasonic FX-10 Digital Camera Review

As one of the first manfufacturers to consistently produce models with an optical image stabiliser, Panasonic deserve our recognition as the Avant Garde.

Pansonic FX-10

Panasonic FX-10 Specification

  • Resolution: 6.0Mp
  • Image size: 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 2816 x 2112 pixels
  • Zoom: 3x optical (35mm Equiv.: 35-105mm)
  • Lens: LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 7 elements in 6 groups
  • Focus: Auto Focus System, Normal/Macro 5cm (wide)
  • Shutter Speed: 8-1/2000sec
  • Flash: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
  • Monitor: 2.5in TFT LCD
  • Storage: Built-in Memory, SD/SDHC/MMC
  • Power: Li-ion Battery
  • Size/weight: Approx. 94.1 x 51.4 x 24.2mm/125g

The Leica lens fitted to the FX-10 will ensure crisp images and the 6Mp resolution will allow you to print them comfortably up to 8×10.

The 21 preset modes will tackle most situations you will find yourself in. A lot of the modes are useful for holidays such as the Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Beach, Sunset and there’s even an Underwater mode, although the camera isn’t waterproof and will need a suitable housing.

The FX-10 is certainly geared towards the family as the modes also include two Baby modes, a Pet mode and has a super easy mode for the young or technophobic.

Suitable for: Holiday snaps, People pics, Family pics, close-ups.

What the other sites are saying:
Cameras.co.uk: “I can’t think of too many better options at this price level if you are after something to tuck into your pocket.”

CNET: “For its price range, it’s a solidly built camera that performs well.”

Panasonic FX-10 Our Verdict
If you are looking for a compact that is very easy to use with a good quality lens and will do nearly everything for you, then get the Panasonic FX-10.


The Panasonic FX-10 costs around £110 and is available from the ePHOTOzine shop here.

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Pentax Optio E40 Digital Camera Review

The ‘E’ range of cameras from Pentax are easy to use, compact and light. The E40 fits the brief perfectly.

Pentax Optio E40Pentax Optio E40 Specification

  • 8.1Mp effective
  • 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom
  • Face Recognition AutoFocus & AutoExposure function
  • Digital SR (Shake Reduction)
  • Auto Picture mode for the best settings for the conditions
  • Compatible with a wide range of available AA batteries
  • Green mode for automated setup

Designed with the happy snapper in mind, the Pentax E40 has a Green mode to let the camera do absolutely everything. The 8Mp resolution will allow prints to be enlarged easily to A4 and the Shake reduction will ensure they are sharp.

The Pentax Optio E40 takes AA batteries which have been notorious in the past for running down quickly, but that problem has been addressed in modern cameras and as well as power saving technology, batteries are more durable today.

Face recognition is a program in the camera that will look for a face and automatically focus on it. Additionally, the E40 will expose on it, too. This means that the face will be exposed correctly, but everything else may be too dark or bright.

Suitable for: People pics, nights out,

What the other sites are saying:
Trusted Reviews:
For a rock-bottom price the Pentax Optio E40 offers good build quality, elegant design and a surprisingly complete set of features.”

digital camera Review:“The Pentax Optio E40 comes fairly equipped and for a good price.”

CNET: “Its performance is on a par with, or betters, some 8 megapixel models costing twice as much.”

Pentax Optio E40 Our Verdict
For the technophobe, someone new to photography or those who just want the camera to do it all for them, then this will do a fine job. If you want more creative control, then look for something else.


The Pentax Optio E40 costs around £89 and is available in the ePHOTOzine shop here.

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Fro Knows Photo Beginner Flash Guide – Review

Posted: 28 Oct 2013 11:39 AM PDT

It’s a little past 4:00 a.m. and I just finished watching all three hours of the just-released Fro Knows Photo Beginner Flash GuideA lot of photography-related books and videos come across my desk, and my favorites are always those that have something to offer not only the beginner, but the advanced photographer as well. This is absolutely one of them. In this follow-up video to his Fro Knows Photo Beginner Guide, Jared Polin (the aforementioned Fro) leads you on an off-camera flash adventure, taking you from hopelessly intimidated to supremely confident in a style all his own. Not bad for a three-hour tour.  With expert assistance from friend and professional photographer Adam Lerner, viewers have a front-row seat to everything from breaking down the contents of an affordable-but-effective light kit, to a behind-the-scenes look at six professional-grade photo shoots, all lit with a single speedlight and a convertible umbrella.


The Beginner Flash Guide starts literally from the ground up, planting a light stand firmly on the floor and explaining not only the contents of the light kit, but how those five or six pieces all work together to achieve professional-quality lighting without breaking the bank. Jared launched FroKnowsPhoto.com in 2010– a brand and a website that quickly became synonymous with making advanced photography techniques accessible not only to professional photographers, but also to beginners, hobbyists, and enthusiasts. The Beginner Flash Guide maintains and elevates that educational philosophy, taking what can be the confusing language and landscape of photographic lighting, and essentially handing the viewer a dictionary and a road map.

Among the nuts and bolts laid out are: The Lighting Kit Explained, Four Ways to Trigger Your Flash, Flash-to-Subject Distance, How Shutter Speed Affects Ambient Light, Understanding Flash Zoom, and Quality of Light. Plus, thirteen “Quick Tips” interspersed throughout the lessons cover some minor and some not-so-minor details on topics ranging from which rechargeable batteries you should use (lithium) to how best to interact with your subject. Word to the wise– make sure you take notes– they’ll make retaining and applying the information to your own photography much easier. An additional, non-video element is the included Flash Photography Field Guide– a six-page PDF designed to be printed and tucked away in your camera bag for quick, easy reference. The field guide does a great job of summarizing the basics covered in the videos, as well as offering suggestions for overcoming some real-world lighting challenges.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a mentor or someone to show them the ropes when they are first trying to learn this stuff. The BFG can and will fill that void. But even if you already have a firm grasp of off-camera flash principles– or just need a refresher– the lessons in this video guide can enhance and build upon what you already know. There will always be trial and error when it comes to learning and experimenting with photographic lighting. The Beginner Flash Guide, though, can help you minimize the error.

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Moon Photography: 6 Tips for Better Moon Photos

Posted: 28 Oct 2013 08:37 AM PDT

The moon is something so familiar to us, and yet so strange that it’s mesmerizing. It’s at once commonplace and extraordinary. As photographers, we are drawn to it in an attempt to convey the intrigue we feel when we look at it.

But moon photography can be tricky.

Moon Photography: Just the Moon, by Anne McKinnell

A bright full moon creates one of the most high contrast situations there is, posing a difficult challenge for photographers. Often photos of the moon appear like a spotlight in the sky that looks more like the sun than the moon.

Moon Photography Tips

To get the best possible pictures of our one-and-only moon, it’s important to know a few things about it first.

1. Learn the Phases of the Moon

The moon itself emits no light, it’s simply a huge rock being lit up by the sun. As it orbits the earth, and as the earth orbits the sun, how much we see of that reflection changes from a bright, full moon to no apparent moon at all.

Moon Photography: By Tomruen [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Tomruen [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Because of our counter-clockwise trajectory around the sun, the shadow it casts on the moon is always moving to the left; after a new moon (no moon), the illuminated side starts to creep in from the right edge, expanding towards the left side each night. As the moon’s apparent size gets bigger, we call it “waxing”.

Once the moon is full, the shadow starts to reappear – again on the right side – and grow leftwards, shrinking the visible moon until it is dark again. This is called “waning”. Therefore, any time you want to know what the moon will look like tomorrow, look at it tonight; if it is lit on its right side, it is waxing towards fullness. But if it’s lit on the left, it is waning, and will soon be gone.

The twilight sky also holds clues to the lunar phases. If the moon is visible before sundown, it is waxing, but if you can see it before sunup, it’s waning. Alternatively, you can always look up a calendar online, or download a moon phase app that will do the calculations for you.

2. Use the Right Equipment

To maximize the success of your moon photography, there are a few bits of a gear that will come in handy.

Moon Photography: Moonrise over the Oak Bay Marina, in Victoria, British Columbia, by Anne McKinnell

  • A zoom lens.
    If you’ve ever taken a shot of the moon and been disappointed by the tiny white blob that results, you’re probably using too short of a focal length. A standard wide-angle lens makes everything appear smaller, particularly things that are far in the distance. To get a close-up shot, use a focal length of at least 200mm or more. Longer lenses will result in greater magnification and detail.
  • A tripod.
    To support the weight of this large lens, and to allow the slow shutter speeds that may be necessary to get a good exposure, mount your camera securely on a sturdy tripod.
  • A shutter release.
    These come in both wireless and wired options and will allow you to fire the shutter without having to depress the shutter button and risk camera shake. If you don’t have one, use your camera’s self-timer to achieve the same benefit.

3. Get a Good Exposure

The moon is very intricate and detailed, with craters, channels, and mountains dotting its surface. If the moon in your photo turns out bright white, it is overexposed. This happens frequently because the blackness of the surrounding sky throws the light meter off.

To fix this, turn down your exposure compensation (+/-), or use your camera’s spot metering mode to expose for the moon alone. Check your camera’s manual for information about how to do this on your specific model.

Moon Photography: Long Nights Moon by Anne McKinnell

For best moon photography results, bracket your shots. Some cameras will have an automatic bracketing feature, but if yours doesn’t, you can simply do it manually. First, take one shot at the automatically-determined settings. Then, using exposure compensation, take the same shot at -0.5EV, and one at +0.5EV. Do the same at -1EV and +1EV, and continue to +/-1.5EV and beyond if necessary. Later, you can choose the best exposure when you view them on your computer.

4. Find the Best Times and Places to Shoot

Unless the city is a part of your scene, you probably don’t want a lot of urban light pollution spilling into the sky when you’re trying to photograph a pristine moonlit night. You’ll get the cleanest shots outside of dense civilization. Explore backcountry roads, or take a hike into the nearby mountains to find truly dark night skies.

That said, a common problem photographers run into with moon photography is the harsh difference between a brilliantly lit moon and a pitch-dark sky. To avoid this, consider shooting during the “blue hours”, when the sky glows faintly after the sun goes down, or before it comes up. There is less contrast at this time, though the moon is still bright.

A moon phase app can help you determine when there will be a full moon during twilight.

5. Create an Interesting Composition

Supermoon at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, by Anne McKinnellAs compelling as a beautifully sharp, detailed image of a lonesome moon is, once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Getting that perfect close-up is excellent practice, but try to get creative by placing the moon within a more complex composition.

For instance, you could try framing it behind trees and buildings, or reflecting it off the surface of a still lake. Placing other objects in the foreground gives the moon context and scale that it lacks on its own. Think of the moon as a single element which should be incorporated along with other compositional elements and techniques to make a great final photograph.

6. Combine Multiple Exposures

Incorporating other objects can complicate things though, and you may find that the perfect exposure for the moon doesn’t match that of the rest of the scene. Sometimes natural light doesn’t cooperate, and the camera doesn’t see things the way our eyes do. This is where digital photography comes in really handy, allowing you to play with your images to create the scene the way you saw it, even if the camera saw it a little differently.

To do this, take several shots at different exposures by bracketing, as mentioned above. When you open the files on your computer, choose two: the one with the best exposure on the moon (‘Image 1′), and the one with the best exposure on the rest of the scene (‘Image 2′). Using an image editing program, select the moon from Image 1 and copy it, then paste it into Image 2, covering the moon in that picture. Use the eraser tool with a heavily feathered edge to remove any imperfections and blend the edges together. This method may take some trial and error to get it just right, so try it several times with several different shots to get the hang of it.

Moonrise over the ocen in Sidney, British Columbia, by Anne McKinnell

When performing this technique, try not to stretch or enlarge the size of the moon. The goal of image editing is to faithfully recreate a scene that the camera simply can’t capture all at once, so beware of any visual exaggerations that make the composition look unnatural or inauthentic.

Share Your Moon Photography Tips and Moon Photos

Got any more moon photography tips to add? We’d love to see them in comments below. Also feel free to share any photos you’ve taken of the moon.

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