Moon Shots

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    mcoppadge TPF Noob!

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    I just spent a bit of time taking shots of the moon and clouds. I've never done a shot like that before and I had no clue how shutter speed should be adjusted for that type of shot. Does the shutter need to be open longer for a shot like that, or can it be taken like a normal shot?
     
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    Hi,

    The moon is surprisingly bright actually, so actually you don't want to be exposing for a night sky or you'll over expose it. It also moves very quickly!

    There's loads on the internet about this, here's a tutorial on it: http://www.danheller.com/moon.html

    Rob
     
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    Thanks. I appreciate the help.

    Right before I posted, I had been taking shots of the moon until I thought, "I'm probably doing this wrong." That's when I searched for some type of forum to ask.

    I definately overexposed my shots, now that I've read some of that. I shot one at 10 seconds, one at 8, 5, 3, and 1. My guess is that none of them are going to be any good.
     
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    From my experience of shooting the moon both with a telescope and a 180mm lens, I think you may have overblown it a tad. I've found that a 180mm lens @ f2.8 needs about 1/250th on 100ISO film. Still, you'll learn from the results and be able to tweak it next time!

    Rob
     
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    A good starting point for taking shots of the moon is 1/60 - f/11 for ISO 100.
     
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