By no means am I qualified to give any advice about photography; I am merely wanting to share what I have learnt about getting a decent shot of a beautiful full moon. Guess a lot of people are thinking it would have been handy to have this info before the super moon on Sunday 23 June 2013 – oops, sorry about that.
In no particular order, here goes:
- A tripod is absolutely paramount and set up on a stable ground – I find the grass isn’t even stable enough;
- Use a remote shutter – I find it impossible to get a clear shot using the shutter button on my camera;
- If you don’t have a remote shutter, you could always set the timer on your camera;
- Use your largest zoom lens – I use my 50 – 250mm lens;
- If your lens has an image stabiliser, turn it on;
- Use Manual mode;
- RAW vs JPG is always better but alas I am not shooting in RAW yet;
- Select a shutter speed between 1/125 and 1/250;
- Select an aperture between f8 and f11;
- Set your ISO to 100;
- Set your picture style to standard;
- Set your white balance to auto;
- Set your metering mode to spot metering;
- Keep the moon in the centre of the shot;
- Adjust your focus manually by selecting the live view mode and magnify the moon 5 to 10 times to assist focussing and selecting the manual focus feature on your lens.
So there you have in a nutshell what I do. Hope it helps you. I have also read (alas cannot find the article) the colder the night, the clearer the sky. There was a fabulous explanation as to why but like I say, I cannot find it.
Happy photographing. 🙂