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Old May 14, 2006, 12:04 PM   #1
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Wondering if anyone could help me, i'm very new to DSLR and need some help, I have a fuji s9500 and want to take a good picture of the moon. I read somewere that I should use spot metering, center focus, aperture at F8 and shutter speed at 1/700. Just wondering if this is right and if anyone else has taken a photo of the moon.

Also how do I change the aperture, shutter speed and spot metering, as for the shutter speed (well I think it is the shutter speed) starts from " to 4000, how does this become like 1/700 etc, how do you work the aperture and shutter speed out.

Please help me thanks amanda x
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Old May 14, 2006, 12:56 PM   #2
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You must use a tripod. I would start with the following settings. Auto focus, ISO 200, Manual Mode, f5.6 @ 1/400th. Bracket plus and minus 1 stop and see where you stand.

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Old May 14, 2006, 1:01 PM   #3
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Hi thanks for you answer, but I don't understand any of it lol, could you please let me know how you change each of those and what does shutter speed of 1800 mean?

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Old May 14, 2006, 3:03 PM   #4
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First of all, your S9500 (the same as mine) is not a DSLR (digital single lens reflex)camera, although they do try to sell it as one sometimes. It is digital and has a single fixed lens, but the mirror and the pentaprism (or pentamirror) and optical viewfinder of a real SLR camera are missing. It does have a shape of an SLR camera though. But enough semantics.

For the moon shot try these settings:

Exposure mode - manual
Shutter speed 1/80
F number F5.6
Focal length - 300mm (equiv.135)
ISO 100
Manual focus
Full 300mm zoom +2X digital zoom.

Mount your camera on a tripod and use a self-timer to trigger the shutter release.

The brightness of the moon can vary, so bracketing can be a good idea.

Good luck

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