How to photograph the moon: an easy way to shoot moon pictures full of detail

How to photograph the moon and add it to other night photography scenes

You can use a simple Photoshop technique and add your moon pictures to liven up the dark skies of other images

How to photograph the moon and add it to other night photography scenes step 1

01 Get started
Launch Photoshop. Open your moon shot and the image you want to work with - you need a photo that includes a big expanse of dark sky.

How to photograph the moon and add it to other night photography scenes step 2

02 Cut out the moon
Select your moon shot and use the Lasso tool to trace around the moon's contours. Press Ctrl+C to copy the cutout moon.

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How to photograph the moon and add it to other night photography scenes step 3

03 Paste it in
Open your landscape photo and hit Ctrl+V to paste the moon onto it. Use the Move tool to position the moon where you like in the sky.

How to photograph the moon and add it to other night photography scenes step 4

04 Lighten up
In the Layers palette, click 'Normal' and select 'Lighten' from the dropdown. This will cut out any remaining black sky from your moon image.

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How to photograph the moon and add it to other night photography scenes step 5

05 Flatten to finish
When you're happy with your composite image, click 'Layer' in the main menu and pick 'Flatten' from the dropdown to create a single photo.

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