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Local photographers over the moon in capturing magic of Eid
By a Staff Reporter June 20, 2017
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DUBAI: Sighting the moon has been a longstanding tradition across the Arab world where people await with great anticipation the announcement of the new moon to celebrate Eid Al Fitr. To mark this occasion, Apple revealed on Monday its new ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign that captured the magic of Eid in the UAE with a collection of incredible moon photos shot on iPhone 7.

Over the course of a month, five local amateur photographers took on the mission to shoot the moon across its different lunar stages. Using only their iPhone and a simple telescope, the photographers proved that anyone and everyone can shoot ‘out of this world’ photos through simple steps. As a tribute to the most iconic symbol for Eid, their moon shots are now canvassed on billboards across both Dubai and Abu Dhabi for residents of the UAE to enjoy.

Supporting the activity, Andrew Symes, Canadian astrophotographer, guides the photographers throughout their journey, sharing his expertise. Andrew says, “This campaign goes to show that today, everyone can be an astrophotographer. You don’t have to be a professional to be able to capture the wonders of space. With just a few tips and a bit of practice, anyone with an iPhone and a basic telescope can shoot a closeup photo of the moon, for example, that most certainly will impress friends and family.”

He continues, “The trick to a great astronomical photo is capturing the right amount of detail and ensuring that the shot is not too bright or too dim. Your iPhone already gives you the ability to capture gleaming objects against a dark background easily, so just make sure to dim the moon by adjusting the exposure so that features like craters are visible and properly exposed. I highly encourage everyone to get a simple telescope and give it a try.”

To bring out the photographer in you, Apple is educating people across the UAE on space photography. iPhone moon photography workshops will be offered at Apple Dubai Mall, Apple Mall of the Emirates, and Apple Yas Mall.

From the UAE, lawyer and photographer by hobby Huda Bin Redha highlights, “This has been one of the best photography experiences I’ve had. 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.”

Talking about her experience, Emirati explorer and photographer enthusiast Jameela Ahli says, “Lunar astrophotography was something new to me. As a person who enjoys the outdoors and appreciates the beauty of nature, this project definitely expanded my horizons. Every phase of the moon offered something different and was a new challenge to find and focus on that one spot that would give me spectacular clarity.”

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