Moon Gazing

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Aurora, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Aurora

    Aurora TalkEmount Regular

    "To photograph just the moon by itself, without any objects in the foreground, you will need a long telephoto lens like explained above to magnify the moon and try to fill as much of the frame as possible. Even with a good telephoto lens setup though, you will most likely be cropping the final image, simply because only a telescope would be able to provide enough magnification to fill the entire frame. With your telephoto lens mounted in your camera, secure it on a tripod and point at the moon. Make sure that your tripod is good and stable enough to accommodate and hold your lens and your camera. When it comes to shutter speed, aperture and ISO, here is what I recommend for general use:

    Camera Mode: Set your camera mode to full Manual Mode.

    ISO: Set your ISO to 100 if you have a Canon DSLR and to 200 if you have a Nikon DSLR (basically, whatever base ISO you have in your camera). For most other brands, the base ISO is also 100. If you have a point and shoot camera, see if you can find a menu setting to set your ISO to 100. Make sure “Auto ISO” is turned Off.

    Aperture: Set your aperture to f/11.

    Shutter Speed: Set your shutter speed to 1/125 on cameras with base ISO 100, and to 1/250 on Nikon DSLRs with base ISO 200.

    Lens Focus: Set your lens to manual focus
    " How to Photograph the Moon

    Photos I took of the moon;


    Moon sneaking away behind a mountain.
    dear_moon_by_ipilgrimage-d58dwoc. full_moon_by_ipilgrimage-d560z9u. lunar_invasion_by_ipilgrimage-d55ikyw.
  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
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    Nice work! I was too reading that exact same article when I tried the moon shots :D
    I used an MD70-210 @ 210mm. What lens did you use if I may ask?
  3. Aurora

    Aurora TalkEmount Regular

    Thank you:) I used Sony DT 18-200mm @ 200mm
  4. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

    Oct 17, 2012
    Cool stuff and a good description of the technique. I tend to set for monochrome as well to avoid colour noise when there is no need for colour. Here's an example ( not taken with NEX, but just as an example ) :-

    130311 moon cropped v3 by markoneswift, on Flickr

    The moon usually looks best at around 1/3 to a 1/2 of full, where there's plenty of contrast for all the craters etc. Full moons often look featureless to me :)
  5. macro

    macro TalkEmount Regular

    Feb 3, 2012
    New Zealand
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    Danny Young
    Excellent result. Showing some fine details in there and nice contrasts. The first one really appeals.

    All the best, nice work and shots.