Hacks for taking the best possible pictures of the moon this Eid

Apple Eid

Shoot for the moon with free photography classes from Apple.

iPhone moon photography workshops will be offered at the swanky new Apple Dubai Mall store and Apple Mall of Emirates from early next month.

Would-be space photographers can discover techniques to shoot, edit, and create stunning photos of the moon (you will need an iPhone, obviously).

To give us a taste of what’s possible, the phone giant tasked a group of five Emirati amateur photographers of snapping the satellite and you can now see their work on billboards around Dubai (watch out for them in JBR and at the side of the Sheikh Zayed Road).

Sighting the moon has been a long standing tradition across the Arab world and at the moment we’re waiting for the new moon to celebrate Eid Al Fitr.

Huda Bin Redha, lawyer by day and moon snapper by night, says:  “Each time I would be surprised seeing how the moon changes night after night down to the sharpest details. It’s quite humbling to be able to capture beauty beyond this world.”

Along with the the other photographers, she has some tips on taking the perfect moon shot. All you need is your phone, a simple telescope and a clear night sky.


Tips to shoot stunning close-up moon photos (some tips are specific to an iPhone 7)

Apple Huda Bin Redha

Huda Bin Redha’s photo of the moon

Step 1: Learn the phases of the moon. It’s easier to capture a moon shot during the first quarter of the lunar cycle which is when the moon is half full. Many craters and other interesting features are visible during this phase.

Step 2: Find the best time and place to shoot. Make sure you’re shooting when there’s a clear night sky with little to no light around as that will affect your photos. Consider going in the desert to find a good spot.

Step 3: Set up a telescope and line up your mobile with the eyepiece. Keep one hand free to tweak the settings and fix the angle of your shot.

Step 4: Turn off the flash. You won’t need it as the moon is bright, obviously.

Step 5: Tap and hold to lock focus. First you need to ensure that the focus is good through the telescope, then you need to lock in the focus on the phone. This is key to capturing a clear image of the moon.

Step 6: Drag to lower exposure. Because the moon is so bright relative to the night sky, the moon will be over-exposed. Manually swipe down to lower the exposure so the moon appears darker.

Step 7: Practice. As with most astronomical pursuits, your skills will improve with practice. Don’t be discouraged if your first shots are not perfect. You will eventually get your magic shot.


Details of classes will be available at Apple Dubai Mall and Apple Mall of the Emirates.

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