Shooting the Moon

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I want to be able to take awesome shots of the moon and stars someday. As of right now this is the best I can do. PLEASE tell me what will make this better!!

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oldnavy170 said:
I know this just from being on this forum.......TRIPOD, TRIPOD, TRIPOD!!!! :)

:thumbup: good advice.
 

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The moon is directly lit by the sun...so the sunny 16 rule should apply...or at least give you a place to start with your exposure. If you don't know that rule...look it up.
 
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(1) Tripod.
(2) Lower the ISO and do a longer exposure, now that you have a tripod.
(3) Toy with the exposure time (assuming you're digital) to figure out one that is right for that moon phase. On a full moon, a 1/250 sec shot is usually good (don't know the f-stop for that off the top of my head, though).
 

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Your image is over exposed and has camera shake. Also the focal length of the lens is too short to bring up much detail. Make a note of Mike's input above. Shooting the moon is like shooting at high noon on a sunny day. Ignore your meter. But it takes a long, long lens. The darn thing is a long way away.
 

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I have had good luck with these:


Exp ISO f/stop
1/125 100 5.6
1/250 100 8
1/350 100 3.5
 

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oldnavy170 said:
I know this just from being on this forum.......TRIPOD, TRIPOD, TRIPOD!!!! :)

Now that's just silly.

I took this handheld.

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Full size at http://photo.cardork.com/albums/Landscapes-Nature/IMG_9511.jpg

Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Image Date: 2006:10:06 20:07:11
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 200.0mm
CCD Width: 6.58mm
Exposure Time: 0.0004 s (1/2500)
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO equiv: 200
White Balance: Auto
Exposure: Manual
Exposure Mode: Manual
 
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Reverend said:
Now that's just silly.

I took this handheld.

Full size at http://photo.cardork.com/albums/Landscapes-Nature/IMG_9511.jpg

Focal Length: 200.0mm
Exposure Time: 0.0004 s (1/2500)
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO equiv: 200

Not everyone has such a fast lens. For slower lenses, a longer exposure is necessary and you can get just as good a shot. And at high magnification, it's very difficult for most people to hold a camera steady enough to have no blurring even at 1/250 sec. So getting a cheap little tripod for this is not "just silly."
 

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astrostu said:
Not everyone has such a fast lens. For slower lenses, a longer exposure is necessary and you can get just as good a shot. And at high magnification, it's very difficult for most people to hold a camera steady enough to have no blurring even at 1/250 sec. So getting a cheap little tripod for this is not "just silly."
I understand that, but you can also crank up the ISO to help with the exposure time.
 
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Reverend said:
I understand that, but you can also crank up the ISO to help with the exposure time.

This is another case where, in my experience, I would not recommend upping the ISO. Since you're effectively looking at a very bright object against a black background, upping the ISO even a bit will usually bring out quite a bit more noise in the black background (though this could be relatively easily PhotoShopped out). So again, if you can afford to spend $30, I recommend getting a tripod, cranking down the ISO to minimum, opening up the aperture most of the way, and taking a longer exposure.
 

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astrostu said:
This is another case where, in my experience, I would not recommend upping the ISO. Since you're effectively looking at a very bright object against a black background, upping the ISO even a bit will usually bring out quite a bit more noise in the black background (though this could be relatively easily PhotoShopped out). So again, if you can afford to spend $30, I recommend getting a tripod, cranking down the ISO to minimum, opening up the aperture most of the way, and taking a longer exposure.
Point well taken....I hate it when I'm proven wrong....dammit! lol :D
 

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Like everyone else said..TRIPOD......exposure at 100iso is generally around !/250 and f8...surprisingly fast considering its a night shot, but that moon is bright!! a long exposure will only give you a glowing ball!
 

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astrostu said:
Not everyone has such a fast lens. For slower lenses, a longer exposure is necessary and you can get just as good a shot. And at high magnification, it's very difficult for most people to hold a camera steady enough to have no blurring even at 1/250 sec. So getting a cheap little tripod for this is not "just silly."

This statement furter substantiates myth which I hold untrue that the quality of the equipment isn't important to making quality images. But this being said, I think your moon is too centralized to be as exciting as it could be.

The composition employed by Reverend in his example is perfect
 

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