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The moon is a great subject for photography. Every month (actually 29.5 days) it goes through the entire cycle from new moon, up to full moon, and back again to new moon.

If you don’t have a very powerful zoom lens, then I recommend starting with landscapes with the moon in it. All of these were taken with my basic lens at around 18mm.

When I got my 100-300mm lens I was able to take okay photos of the moon. The first photo shows it uncropped and the second cropped. There is some detail, but you can see that the detail isn’t great.

It is possible to get great detail with stacking photos. Registax is a free software that allows you to stack many photos to get the detail from all of them for a better composite.

It is much easier to get detailed photos with a higher zoom lens. When I got my 100-600mm lens, I was able to get so much more detail, in a single shot.

Unlike the Milky Way and other night sky photography where it’s super helpful to go to dark skies, the moon can be shot from in the city. I can just shoot from my porch or back patio.

The wildfires brought in so much smoke for about a week last full moon. It made the moon look orange. The fires break my heart, but the silver lining is that it does make for some unique photos.

Orange Full Moon


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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