Sunday, January 18, 2009

Photography Tip #1 : Photographing the Moon

Hello everyone, I will be periodically posting photography tips to improve the quality of your photos. There are many more to come!

TIP#1: Photographing the Moon

I am a big fan of pictures of the moon and stars on a clear, bright night. The best technique I have found is to use a tripod and to over-expose the image by one f-stop (maybe two). First, use a telephoto lense of with the highest zoom as you can get (200mm +). Shooting a full moon, with 200 ISO film, set the shutter speed to 1/200 second. Since the moon is lit by the sun's light you would think that using the "sunny f/16" rule would work. This might not work if you want a bright white sun. There is a good chance that the moon will look gray. Our eyes see it as white because of the dark surrounding sky. Instead, overexpose it by a single f-stop (changing it to f/11). This will give you a bright white moon!

This is what I have found to work best, but if you have other techniques PLEASE SHARE!

Here is the link to a site I found with other great techniques!

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