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csa Sep 13, 2011 11:44 AM

Full moon exposure?
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I tried to get a photo of the moon last night, & of course it was way over-exposed.

What settings would all of you recommend, to get a little detail in the moon? (this was handheld, I plan on using my tripod tonight).

Thanks everyone!

popellis Sep 13, 2011 5:17 PM


I use spot metering, and Black and white film mode. I usually use 1 area AF mode also. The tripod will help a lot and also use either the 2 or 10 second timer.
good luck. hope this is of some help.


csa Sep 13, 2011 5:51 PM

Thanks Mark! if the clouds disappear; I'll try again tonight. I really want color; as we've got forest fires, and the moon is a beautiful redish/orange. I'll sure give the rest a try; I'd love to be able to capture a good shot.

Square one Sep 13, 2011 7:33 PM

I used ISO80, F5.2 at 1/200th muti seg metering

My best results were using the above and setting EV to do +1 and -1 EV spread when the moon was full.

I found I had problems with spot metering for some reason

csa Sep 13, 2011 11:28 PM

Thanks so much Square One; I'll try that method also. Got completely clouded out tonight.:(

xHassan Sep 14, 2011 7:35 AM

I have always been happy at ISO100, M, Spot metering.

AND if the focus annoys (it does at times to me), just shift to manual and make it go to infinity

csa Sep 14, 2011 11:25 AM

Thanks! Never got a chance to try these methods out; as it was total overcast.

Ozzie_Traveller Sep 14, 2011 7:03 PM

G'day all

Taking images of the moon - esp a full moon is not all that difficult esp if you follow a few suggestions :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

1-- setup a comfortable laid-back chair in the back yard
2-- open bottle of red or white or whatever your favourite beverage is
3-- have a sip ... or two while enjoying the moon
4-- get camera and set zoom to maximum ... 300mm to 500mm is excellent
5-- repeat step-3
6-- set camera to Shutter-speed mode
7-- set ISO to 200 or 400
8-- repeat step-3
9-- set shutter speed to 1/300 or 1/400 or 1/500
10- repeat step-3
11- take a photo & repeat step-3
12- repeat step-11

here is a sample ...
[Fuji Finepix at 22x zoom [520mm] 1/320s x f5,6 @ ISO200]

Regards, Phil

RudyL Sep 14, 2011 7:29 PM

G/Day Phil, What's the object on left side of Moon.. a UFO ????
Regards, RudyL

xHassan Sep 15, 2011 12:40 PM

Here's one of mine.

f5.2, 1/125, ISO80, Spot Metering

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