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Apr 9, 2010

How to Photograph the Moon

moonshotef70-210mm-6232, originally uploaded by sweetspot@f8.
I've been wanting to take photo of the moon ever since I got my Canon Rebel XS, but up to now I'm still looking for that perfect shot. This was taken on January 31, 2010.

Taken handheld with my Canon Rebel XS and the EF 70-210mm F/4 Macro lens at 210mm, shot in manual mode. See the complete settings below:

Aperture : F/8.0
Shutter Speed :1/320
Mode : Manual
Metering : Partial
ISO : 100
Focus : Center
In photographing the moon, it is a always recommended to use a steady tripod, handheld shot will sometimes work but not recommended. I have no tripod at that time when I took the photo, however it is better the one I took with my Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro. I took almost 20 shots and some of them came out good. Next time, I'll use a tripod.

  • Tripod
  • Lots of Patience
  • Shutter Release Cable (optional)
  1. Set ISO to 100
  2. Set your camera's dial to M (Manual) for best result
  3. Set Aperture to F/8 as base, you can play around with it later and change it to F/10,F/11, see which one will work best for you.
  4. At F/8, I find that the best shutter speed for me is 1/320s.
  5. Don't forget to set you AF to Center Focusing.
  6. Use your camera's liveview function if available to focus on your subject.
  7. In Liveview, magnify the subject to 5x or 10x.
  8. Set your lens to MF(manual focus), and use the focus ring to slowly put the subject into focus.
  9. moonshotef70-210mm-6258You can also play around with your white balance settings: Shade or Cloudy will give it a warm feeling, tungsten will give it a cool effect. The photo above was taken using Auto White Balance. On the photo on the right, I set the white balance to Tungsten. (or you can do this in post.)

Also posted at the LoneUrbanist Website.

Here are some of the best Moon Shots from the Flickr Group Moon Shot


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