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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:34 pm 
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Hi.

Whats your advice for shooting the moon. What settings should I use ?

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 Post subject: Re: moon picture
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:35 pm 
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Use the longest possible lens you can, then either use spot metering on the moon itself, or set your exposure just like you would for a bright, sunny afternoon landscape shot. It's that easy! Remember, the moon is a very bright object - when the moon is shining, it's 'daytime' on the moon, so your exposure needs to be set for daylight if you want to see all the craters and details on the moon - if you set the exposure for nighttime, the moon ends up being a big, blown-out white disk. If you're trying to expose something other than the moon, such as the foreground, and just have the moon in the shot, then that can be OK too.

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 Post subject: Re: moon picture
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:22 pm 
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It surprisingly difficult to get a good image of the moon with a fair bit of detail, you really need over 300mm, but try around 1/400th-500th sec. F6.3 ISO 100-200.
Don't forget to adjust the EV by about -4/3rds.
It also tends to be better if it isn't a full moon.

The moon tends to be a strange yellowy colour sometimes, so I prefer to convert to B&W, but that's personal preference really.

This is one I took earlier last year;(large crop, of around 500KB)

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Moon by Carl B.1, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: moon picture
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:50 am 
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To take good photos we need great cameras. As great camera deliver great outputs but in case of moon we need best lens or longest lens (200 mm or for better result we need 2240mm).


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 Post subject: Re: moon picture
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:48 am 
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Hows this ? Ive followed your advice.........

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up above the world so high by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/joshparkerphotos/]JParkerD3200[/url], on Flickr

Obviously ive cropped it. But thats the beauty of using ma d3200..

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