How To Take Photos of the Moon
April 25, 2010
The first thing I want you to remember is that the moon is very bright, therefore nightime exposure isn’t the answer.
Here are some helpful tips:
In photographing the moon, it is a always recommended to use a steady tripod, handheld shot will sometimes work but not recommended. I have no tripod at that time when I took the photo, however it is better the one I took with my Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro. I took almost 20 shots and some of them came out good. Next time, I’ll use a tripod.
- Lots of Patience
- Shutter Release Cable (optional)
- Set ISO to 100
- Set your camera’s dial to M (Manual) for best result
- Set Aperture to F/8 as base, you can play around with it later and change it to F/10,F/11, see which one will work best for you.
- At F/8, I find that the best shutter speed for me is 1/320s. Adjust to a slower shutter speed as necessary.
- Don’t forget to set you AF to Center Focusing.
- Use your camera’s liveview function if available to focus on your subject.
- In Liveview, magnify the subject to 5x or 10x.
- Set your lens to MF(manual focus), and use the focus ring to slowly put the subject into focus.
- You can also play around with your white balance settings: Shade or Cloudy will give it a warm feeling, tungsten will give it a cool effect. The photo above was taken using Auto White Balance. On the photo on the right, I set the white balance to Tungsten. (or you can do this in post.)
Details of the Photo Above:
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS with EF 70-210mm F/4 Macro
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Focal Length: 190 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Here’s are some photos of the Total Lunar Eclipse that took place on Dec. 21, 2010 between 12mn and 5:30am
Here are some of my recent moon shots:
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