Tuesday, October 8, 2013

7 Tips for shooting the Moon

Introduction to the moon

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth and the fifth largest moon in the Solar System. It is the largest natural satellite of a planet in the Solar System relative to the size of its primary, having 27% the diameter and 60% the density of Earth, resulting in 1⁄81 its mass. Among satellites with known densities, the Moon is the second densest, after Io, a satellite of Jupiter. [wikipedia]
Introductions aside, the moon is one of the most fascinating objects to take pictures of. If you take a nice sharp photo, you can stare at it for hours and constantly find amazement!

Is it hard?

Everything can be hard, if you don't know how to do it. Therefore I've compiled 7 tips for shooting the moon, so you don't have to spend hours researching how to.
Feel free to do variations. Thats when you learn!
Also, if you feel that you have a better tip or an addition, feel free to let me know in the comments!
  1. Use a tripod
  2. Loose the UV/Polarization filter
  3. 300mm is minimum (use crop factor and extenders)
  4. f/8
  5. Center focus point
  6. Underexpose by 2-3 stops
  7. Moon closer to horizon = better image

Some explanations:

  • Tripod gives you longer shutter speeds.
  • UV/Pol filters steals light, which you need!
  • 300mm makes a small looking object larger.
  • f/8 makes it nice and sharp!
  • Underexpose or the moon will look too bright, making you loose details.
  • The closer to the horizon, the larger it looks. The atmosphere works like a prism!

Thats it. Using the above tips, I shot the image of the moon below. Took 3 minutes including setup time.
The Moon

Now go shoot!

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