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Photographing the Moon

JosephHuntley Avatar
20 Jan 2019 5:07AM
Well tonight I had a chance to photograph the moon However I didnt seem to get the focus correct. with the moon directly over head and me wearing glasses it is kinda hard for me to tell if i was hitting infinity or not. also I am not sure how to zoom to infinity since my lense doesnt have an infinity on it.

Nikon D3500 DSLR
set at 300 mm
100 iso
speed 100

KarenFB Avatar
KarenFB Plus
17 6.0k 185 England
20 Jan 2019 8:12AM

Not much help to you I know, but this image was taken with my compact camera (Canon Powershot SX60 HS). It was hand held and the EXIF was:-

focal length 247.0mm

If you go into other people's images of the moon ( They can be found here ) then you can get some idea of what settings they use. Smile

Hopefully someone, who has the same make of camera as you, will come on later and give you some more detailed help.

On the subject of moons, there is a special one happening early tomorrow morning! Smile More details here
JackAllTog Avatar
JackAllTog Plus
14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2019 8:58AM
The shutter speed is a bit slow at 1/100
You would be better trying 1/500 unless you are on a tripod.
This is as camera shake comes into play at longer zoom lengths. Lookup the reciprocal rule.
You could then go down to say f8. And adjust iso for brightness.
Give it another go, Good luck 👍
Ross_D Avatar
Ross_D 9 841 1 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2019 8:59AM
Hope you're ready for tonight's 'super blood red moon' Wink :

super blood red moon

sherlob Avatar
sherlob Plus
17 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2019 10:02AM
When zoomed in the moon should be bright enough to allow your AF to lock on to it. The chances of these working may improve if you select a specific AF spot. Live view may also assist your focusing if you are working manually - I use live view combined with test exposures to set the optimal focus when shooting stars.
Normanr Avatar
Normanr 9 87 England
20 Jan 2019 12:41PM
Normanr Avatar
Normanr 9 87 England
20 Jan 2019 12:44PM
OMD EM5 Markii. Panasonic/Leica 100-400 @ 400mm. Hand held. Spot metering on moon's surface, single autofocus.
Dave_Canon Avatar
Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
20 Jan 2019 1:29PM
One thing to note that if you capture a full moon the light source (sun) is directly overhead and there are no shadows so it looks very flat. However, if the moon partly in darkness, you will have some side lighting and thus shadows. This is well demonstrated but the two example images shown where you can clearly see craters on the Norman's example. Of course, having said that, we sometimes want a full moon anyway to include in a picture.

Tianshi_angie Avatar
20 Jan 2019 2:59PM

Quote: light source (sun) is directly overhead

I think 'directly above the moon' would be more easily understood as 'overhead' tends to suggest daylight!
JosephHuntley Avatar
20 Jan 2019 5:27PM
Ok thanks tonight will try auto focus I think I tried it the first time with not good results. when I did the 1000 and 2000 shutter speeds I was getting solid black images I was reading up and most told me I should be at abt 125 and I used all the settings I saw people posting for moon shots and they seemed the same. now a few said for my Nikon an ISO of 250 instead of 100 but I was getting a mess so I lowered it
JosephHuntley Avatar
20 Jan 2019 5:31PM
lol my first try I had it set at 10 secs for shutter speed with low everything and the moon looked like the sun and had a cool glow look to it and star streaks

JosephHuntley Avatar
20 Jan 2019 5:32PM
BTW Yes I am using a tripod
JosephHuntley Avatar
20 Jan 2019 6:25PM
No shots tonight cloudy and no chance of clearing up ((( I wanted to get me a nice raw shot or two to play around with too
Tianshi_angie Avatar
20 Jan 2019 6:27PM
You need a fast shutter speed as the moon (or rather the earth) moves fast so you will need to eliminate a chance of movement blur on the object itself. About 1/250s and try spot metering on the moon.
Tianshi_angie Avatar
20 Jan 2019 6:29PM
And BTW the 'blood red moon' is tomorrow morning between 5.15 and 6.15 a.m. - if it isn't cloudy.


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