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Using Your Smartphone to Take Pictures of the Supermoon (Video)

By Mark Young, SouthFloridaReporter.com Managing Editor, Sept. 26, 2015 – If you’re like me, you’ll probably be staying up to watch the rare Supermoon eclipse Sunday. And like me, you’ll be trying to take pictures of it with your smartphone. Here are some tips on how to take really great Supermoon pictures:

By Charles Poladian, IBTimes, Sept. 26, 2015 –  Thousands around the world will be looking up at the supermoon total lunar eclipse Sunday, which means every social media platform will be flooded with photos. If you want to stand out from the crowd with some crisp, zoomed-in shots of the moon using just an iPhone or other smartphone, you’re in luck. There are several telephoto lens options to choose from.

The supermoon lunar eclipse is a rare astronomical double feature. A supermoon occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth and appears slightly larger than usual. A total lunar eclipse happens when the full moon passes through Earth’s shadow; it’s known as a blood moon because of its red glow.

If you have an iPhone 5 or iPhone 6, you’re going to get pretty decent photos. The iPhone 6 has an 8-megapixel camera with a pretty fast f/2.2 lens. The iPhone 5 is slightly slower with a f/2.4 lens. In order to take great night photos, you have to control how much light the camera uses. That means no flash, maximizing the shutter speed and keeping the ISO — a measure of the camera’s sensitivity to light — relatively low. A flash will not help you capture a great photo of the moon, and a high ISO will lead to a grainy image.