Monday, October 6, 2008

Instructor's Tip: Add A Moon For Impact

Add A Moon For Impact
Adding a moon to a scenic when it’s otherwise not there can impart visual excitement to an image. Whether the goal is to create a scene where the size, place, and phase of the moon are natural or simply for impact where all are exaggerated, the moon can become a dominant focal point and bring balance to the composition. Over the years I’ve accumulated lots of images wherein I’ve double exposed the moon. This method still works smoothly, but image editing software has made it even easier.

First off, go through your files to find an image that would be a good candidate to have a moon added to the composition. If you’re going for realism, take into consideration the time of day, color in the sky, compass direction of the subject, and lighting. You’ll need images of different moon phases taken at varying focal lengths. Again, if realism matters, the concept is to blend the proper natural phase and size with the conditions of the scenic. If realism isn’t the goal, choose a combination you feel works the best.

Creating moon double exposures on film is more restrictive as you’re dependent on both the weather and given phase of the moon. You also need a camera that has double exposure capability. Go out and shoot the moon.


Enjoy this week's "Instructor's Tip" by award winning nature photographer Russ Burden. The photo(s) in this post were taken by Russ Burden. To learn more about how Russ captured this image, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

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