The MoonShot Challenge

  1. Adam Krisko
    NA Community Consultant Staff Member Jul 20, 2021

    Adam Krisko , Jul 20, 2021 :
    Happy National Moon Day!

    On this day 52 years ago, the legendary Apollo 11 was the first mission by the United States to land on the Moon. Armed with powerful Hasselblad cameras, astronauts captured iconic photographs that shaped our very history.

    Since then, technology has advanced so far that your smartphone can now channel the same capabilities of legendary Hasselblad cameras. The OnePlus 9 Series, co-developed with Hasselblad, was created to give anyone the ability to shoot professional-grade photography, as a perfect tool for adventurers and purists.

    To celebrate the heritage of Hasselblad’s history and the amazing capabilities of the OnePlus 9 Series camera, we would like to introduce the MoonShot Challenge.

    The rules are simple. All you need to do is take any photo of the Moon on your phone, post it on Instagram, then tag (and follow) @OnePlus_USA. Use the hashtag #MoonShotChallenge to submit your photo into the challenge. Our top 5 picks will receive a spotlight on our Instagram and get a FREE OnePlus Watch!

    Best of luck!


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  3. cdnfarmer
    Junior Moderator, Photography Expert Junior Moderator Jul 20, 2021

    cdnfarmer , Jul 20, 2021 :
    One big step for all the photo enthusiasts out there 😉

    Look forward to seeing the pictures.

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    B_Wrath , Jul 21, 2021 :
    Oi expert. Any tips on taking a good moon shot using the 9 as it is? All photos turn out as potato when I try.


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  18. cdnfarmer
    Junior Moderator, Photography Expert Junior Moderator Jul 21, 2021

    cdnfarmer , Jul 21, 2021 :
    Hi dear B,
    The moon can be tricky to capture. Because of its distance, amount of light emitting, poses challenges.
    My first thought: Keep trying. Don't give up.

    Second thoughts: What have you tried already? Wanna share some examples with settings and we can review?

    Here are some additional thoughts (you may already know some):
    1. Place device on a stable surface and use the timer function.
    2. The auto mode (photo) on 9 pro (haven't tried the 9) is actually pretty good. Like in pretty much all low light scenarios, the iso is too high by default. You can try it but know the outcome maybe a grainy picture.
    3. Try pro mode. Here is where the stable surface and timer come in handy. Try iso between 600-800 with shutter speed of 0.5-2 seconds. See what comes out. You may need to slow down (increase to larger number) the shutter speed. I'd suggest trying to keep iso below 1000 and definitely less than 1200. I'd be cautious about keeping the shutter open too long. Especially if there are clouds. It may give a blurry look to the picture. The duration should be the minimum to capture the moonlight.
    4. You can try using an external lens or even binoculars or telescope, and putting the phone to the eye piece and take a picture. I've seen a few really good moon pictures in the forum taken this way. The big part is setting everything up and testing it.
    5. Take the picture then crop to get closer view. Avoid the digital zoom until last resort.
    Dont think nightscape or using external lights will help too much because the moon is too far away.

    Does this help?

    Oh I don't know what it looks like where you live but see if the moon is out when the sun is still lightening the sky. Here we have it and then auto mode is pretty good.