Moon Picture Need help

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  1. Provo

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    I need tips on what settings should I be using to get a nice picture of the moon this was my 1st attempt and as you can see it sucks. I wanted to capture a nice clear shot of the moon withought the effect of it looking like a spotlight.

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    Date Shot: 12/1/2009 05:27:20.00
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    Device: Nikon D5000
    Lens: VR 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G
    Focal Length: 18mm
    Focus Mode: Manual
    AF-Area Mode: Single
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    Aperture: F/22
    Shutter Speed: 20s
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    20 second shutter speed and 1000 ISO is your problem.

    The moon is lit by the sun, so it's plenty bright. Try something more like:

    F11
    1/500
    200 ISO

    Adjust shutter speed and/or aperture to your liking.
     
  3. Stormchase

    Stormchase No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Quicker shutter. To pull detail out of the moon you will loose detail on other things. Most of the time I'm zoomed in to 300mm at no with around 100 and faster shudder speed.
     
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    Definitely lower your ISO. Try using 200, if not lower, aperture more like f/8-10. Also try zooming in just on the moon and spot metering on it. Do you have another lens with more zoom power? To really see any detail on the moon, you'll want to zoom in on it specifically and 55mm isn't much. Are you also wanting the buildings in the shot or just the moon? I see this was shot at 18mm.
     
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    slow shutter is for objects that are dim, so you keep the shutter open to increase the amount of light that hits the sensor, the moon is plenty bright so you need much faster shutter speed!! its the stars that need slow shutter speeds! good luck
     
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    As mentioned, the moon is directly lit by the sun....so you'd need about the same exposure as you would need when shooting something in broad daylight. This will give you a better exposure for the moon...but it will render the rest of the scene completely black (or at least very dark).
     
  7. Provo

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    I am planning on trying again tonight if the moon is full again.
     
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    You might give the search feature a try:

    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/beyond-basics/147712-lunar-moon-photography-guide-astrostu.html

    It's full for about 5 minutes tonight, but the day before and the day after are close enough to consider it full.

    Shooting the full Moon results in a fairly flat image because there are no shadows to model surface details. The bright crater Tycho 9lower right quadrant ina camera view of the Moon) is a bug-a-boo because it is several stops brighter then the Mare.

    The best time to see detail in the Moons surface is when the terminator (the day/night line) is well away from the edge of the Moon's disk.

    The ultimate Moon series is 28 images showing each night of a single cycle 28 day (though the day of new Moon is also a tough shot since the side that faces us is very dark save what Earth shine hits it.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Just took my first shots of the moon tonight...walked outside and saw how big and bright it was and had to try it! Shutter speed is super high but it seemed to work for me....

    Sony DSLR-A300
    F/5.6
    1/3200
    ISO 200
    300mm
     
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    jengst, since the thread is a bit sidetracked atm, how you liking the sigma?

    Btw, white balance issues on the moon.

    and anime avatar OP, quick shutter speed
     
  11. Aye-non Oh-non Imus

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    One issue only mentioned in passing was your aperature. Have a look at photozone.de or DXO to find your lens's sharpest aperature. You have gotten the star affect on all light sources in the image and that can be attributed to f/22. Set yours to f/5.6 to f/11 (likely f/8) to grab the moon at it's sharpest setting.

    I like your idea of capturing the moon in an environmental setting rather than the usual ball in the sky.

    Keep at it.
     
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