However today I am going to try to impart a little of my knowledge on photography and in particular my knowledge of photographing the moon. You see I took a shot a couple of nights ago now and posted it on face space or something and a few people asked me how I had done it. Well here we go.
The metering system in your camera is going to make a right balls up of giving you the correct settings and you will more than likely end up with a bright white blob on a black background so it is time to switch your camera to manual mode. It really isn’t hard, just do it.
Whilst on the subject of exposure let us look at what we are actually taking a photograph of. The moon which is illuminated by the sun which is pretty darn bright to be honest.
An iso (asa for old film people like myself) of 200 and a shutter speed of 1/250th at f16. This is just a starting point and you can adjust the settings to get more detail or a brighter/darker image.
Why you might ask is this just a starting point? Well it all depends really on what phase the moon is in, where about on the horizon it is relevant to your camera and how much light pollution atmospheric pollution there is.
A full moon high in the sky will give a nice bright image but detailed craters etc will not show because of the angle the sunlight is striking the moons surface. In contrast a less than full moon will show off more crater detail due to the angle the light is hitting it.