4 Tricks For Shooting Perfect Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Photos This Weekend

Smartphones have made it easy to capture all sorts of fleeting moments — from a seal riding a whale to the pontiff gliding past in his popemobile.

But if you’re hoping to capture an Instagram-perfect shot of this weekend’s supermoon lunar eclipse, it will take a bit of preparation. After all, you’ll be shooting a darkened moon against the night sky.

Luckily, three accomplished photographers were willing to share their secrets with The Huffington Post. Here’s what astrophotographer Rogelio Andreo, Miriam Leuchter, editor-in-chief of Popular Photography and photographer Jason Gerard suggest.

Keep your camera steady and your exposure long.
Whether you’re using a smartphone, a point-and-shoot or a DSLR, keeping it steady is essential. As Andreo explains, “Taking photos at night almost always drives up the exposure time, which means you need a stable tripod to mount your camera to in order to keep your pictures from turning out blurry.” If you don’t have a tripod, try resting your camera on a stool, or just try this hack that uses a piece of string.

Once your lens is steady, long exposure will help capture details of the moon’s surface despite the darkness. You’ll probably have to download extra photo apps if you’re working with a phone, but it’s worth it. “An eclipsed moon is much darker than a full moon, so when capturing this eclipse, remember that your exposure time will need to be longer,” Andreo says.

Get some magnification.