Moonlight Photography for Capturing Memorable Pictures

For a fresh approach, try these night digital photography techniques

by Simon Stafford

This 13th-century church is close to my home in southern England, and I have lost count of how many times I have photographed it over the past twenty years. I have pictures of it in all four seasons, at all times of day. Looking for a fresh approach, I decided to try shooting using nothing but the light of the moon - which is, after all, reflected sunlight!

Moonlight Photography
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Moonlight Photography Techniques

You can shoot anywhere between the first and third quarter moon phases. (Note: Here's a link for useful information about the moon and its cycles: )

The technique is quite simple. Some tips:

For this image, I used a 24mm lens and a Nikon D3x.

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