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Old Jan 24, 2007, 10:24 AM   #11
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Bright moon shots require a tripod and setting the camera to manual mode in PASM. Then zoom in on the moon and use the timer to set the shutter off. Settings should be at ISO 50-80 ( or the lowest the camera has. The shutter speed should be at 1/60 th of a second or faster. The F/stop at f/3.7 or so. Then move the shutter speed to a faster one for each shot till you get a good one. Remember to zoom in as far as you can! The following photo was at full zoom and full digital zoom, F/stop at F/3.7, shutter speed at 1/60 th of a second! Center Spot focus and Center Zone metering. Auto white balance and normal on saturation. ISO 80.

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Old Jan 24, 2007, 12:37 PM   #12
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moon shots are easy ! just take about 300 ov them and 1 will b ok!

every one has different ideas about how to get it about right ! dawg uses a tripod i hand hold? so just play around with it and make as many mistakes as you can , because thats how you learn , and thats the fun of photography.
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Old Jan 25, 2007, 5:36 PM   #13
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Greetings Diggy,

Glad to meet you.

You have yourself a nice camera and it looks like you are enjoying. Great shots.

A tip, if you are in a scene with a brightly lit background, like the one of your dog, you can turn on the fill flash in daylight so you get a good shot of your dog and expose correctly for the background as well. Give it a try.

Also, a full moon is really a daylight shot at night. The moon is fully illuminated by the sun so as you extend the lens fully, the camera will set itself to the best possible exposure. Use the spot metering as all you want is the moon to be metered for a better exposure. Kodak used to have a publication on this but alas it is not online.

A tripod works best for shots like this or if you are going to be using a fully extended zoom.

Talk to you soon, Hope to see you around the forum.

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Old Jan 25, 2007, 7:59 PM   #14
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WOW! thnks, i was playing around last night with it, and besides the shakyness due to lack of tripod, i decided to sing a blue moon, im aware the top is cut off, but i was shaking so damm bad so im lucky this shot came out as good as it did, i center spotted it, ISO 200 and distant(mountain symbol) this isn't max zoom either, as it gets blurry at 10X. ALl the settings are a blur to me, so if you could hel;p me a bit, when i look at my screen there are arrows to change things from left to right, there is the S,P, M then therr is f2.8 and then the 1/60 and thenthe ISO of course. What does the F stand for? i didn't care for the manual on this.

So here it is, now i wish i had PSP to help it out too......


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Old Jan 25, 2007, 10:29 PM   #15
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The F is for the Arperture setting...or F/stop. In Manual mode or Arperture priority Mode ( M and A in PASM )you can adjust the Arperture (the size of the inside of the lens) to allow more or less light into the camera. The lower the F/stop number the more light you allow into the camera for the exposure. In other words a low F/stop number will give a bright photo and raising the F/ stop number will give a darker photo. The 1/60 you see there is the shutter speed ( 1/60 th of a second in this case) This is the length of time the shutter will stay open to give you the exposure. If you use a faster shutter speed the exposure will darken. If you use a slower shutter speed it gives the sensor more time with the shutter open so it will brighten up the exposure! I'll post some more on this when I get home... And buy a tripod...it is worth it for a lot of different types of shots.



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Old Jan 25, 2007, 11:09 PM   #16
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lots of good info, was out shooting the moon more, i couldn't make it fall to the ground lol and ialso know that my F doesn't go as low as 1.1 but now that i understand the setting more it helps me understand what it takes to get a better pic. Practice makes perfect and time to buy a G card too and thattripod sounds like a winner too, i suppose those flimsy rubber legged 4" or so jobers are no good, looks too wobbely, any sugg would be good too.
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Old Jan 26, 2007, 1:12 AM   #17
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I bought mine at Kmart for $29.95 and sales tax. You don't have to have a 100 dollar tripod but it does need to be sturdy. If it is too light and poorly constructed it will wobble around or get blown around in the wind and the shots will be almost as blurred as if you were shooting hand held. LOL

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Old Jan 26, 2007, 8:07 AM   #18
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Tanya-

The Kodak Z-650 is quite a capable camera. Here is a sample taken with my Z-650 indoors with no flash, doing an informal portrait. Just be sure to keep track of your shutter speed so that it does not get too low which would prevent you from hand holding the shot.

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