Thursday, April 7, 2011
Photography Tips: Shoot The Moon 5 Tips from RyukyuMike
FIVE TIPS FOR SHOOTING THE MOON:
1. A sturdy tripod and Cable Release are the ideal camera accessories to use. However, anything to steady the shot, along with using your camera shutter timer, will do the trick as long as the camera doesn't move.
2. If possible, get away from people, city lights, traffic, telephone wires and wind. I have climbed towers, used rooftops and even propped my camera up with rocks on a secluded beach to take moon shots.
3. The slightest breeze will ruin a shot of the moon, even when you are using a tripod. The lower the the tripod is, the less effect wind will have on it. Do not raise the center post if you can avoid it. Most quality tripods will have something you can attach weight to at the bottom of the center post. This helps steady the camera. Remove your camera strap when it's windy outside, or it will shake the camera, even with the best of tripods.
4. When you shoot the moon, you are creating a high contrast photo. For high contrast photos, you'll want to stop-down on camera settings. You'll want to deliberately "UNDEREXPOSE" the shots. I experiment and take plenty. Underexpose by a full 1, 2, or 3 Exposure Values (EV).
5. Generally, the lowest ISO setting and an aperture of f/11 is where you'd want to start for taking moon shots. It doesn't matter if you're looking at a Full, Half, or Crescent Moon. I won't tell you shutter speeds because depending upon clouds, humidity, dust and whatever gets between you and the moon, shutter speeds can be tricky. Just read your lightmeter and underexpose, underexpose, underexpose and before you know it, you'll be shooting the moon like a Pro !