Question about Cameras
Posted by Anonymous on
Without knowing the make and model of your camera I can't give you a definitive answer, but with most cameras you'll want to set it to manual and pretend you're shooting landscapes under a midday sun.
Camera exposure meters are designed to render the entire scene an average gray. Since most of your picture will likely be a dark sky, the camera will try to expose long enough to bring up the sky to an average gray, making the moon into a featureless white blob. Since you probably want to see the moon and don't care if the sky goes black, you want to expose for the moon.
The moon is just a big rock under a bright sun. There is an old rule for taking pictures under a bright sun called the "Sunny-16 Rule." This rule basically states that the proper exposure under this condition is an aperture of f/16 with a shutter speed of 1/ISO. So, if your camera is set to ISO of 200 then you set the aperture to f/16 and the shutter speed to 1/200 seconds, or any equivalent exposure such as f/11 and 1/400.
Digital cameras make this easier, since you can see the picture and adjust the exposure if it didn't come out right. Take a picture, zoom in on the moon, and see if you can see any details. Use the histogram if available. If the peak is at the right edge of the histogram then you're overexposing---reduce the exposure. You want the peak near the right edge but not touching it.
All this depends on the make and model of your camera. Many point&shoot cameras don't have a manual setting. In that case you're pretty much out of luck and you won't get a good picture of the moon.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: fuji s700 taking good moon shots
shutter speed 50 to 80 ISO at 64 get your apature as small as it will go lagest f number set your focus to single point and single focus if you feel comfortable useing manual focus it is better but my manual focus stopped working here is the link to one of my moon shots on flickr
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
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