08-28-2009, 03:08 AM #1
How I shoot the moon..
I have shot a lot of moon shots with a big lens but I decided to try seeing what I could do with a "run of the mill" zoom and hand held..
Camera D90, lens 18-250mm sigma (image stabilized lens) hand held.
F11, 1/180 sec. at 250mm
I try to shoot the moon several stops UNDER exposed. Then I use increase contrast and some levels to bring the exposure back up. Doing this drives the background to sold black and gives more definition to the craters. If it looks good on your camera monitor, it's too bright!
I sharpen at about 1 pixel radius and 50-100% in PS elements 5, usually desaturate the color and that's about it.
This is a MANUAL exposure and MANUAL focus ONLY proposition. I shoot about 20 shots in manual focus refocusing between EVERY shot. Out of 20 shots manually focused one will simply be better than all the others. I've never gotten what I thought was a good shot using auto focus on the moon.
I recently got a new Nikon D800E and the live view focus is VERY good. I've now been using the live view focus with this camera and getting very good pictures. Live view on some of my other cameras was pretty much useless.
Here's the shot from the 250mm hand held. Click image for a larger version
When I get serious, I use an old manual focus 600mm and a 2x TC for some really spectacular shots. Same as above but using a tripod and timer for the shutter release. More lens you have the steadier you need to keep the shot!
Click image for the larger version:
My moon gallery out HERE
Your moons are always a lot of fun to add to other photos..
Go out there and give it a try and post your results!
Just another shot of a plane superimposed with the moon..
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08-28-2009, 03:20 AM #2
Those shots are absolutely incredible. I tried a couple moon shots but knew I had something way off, must have been that I didn't underexpose. Not sure but your making me want to give it another go.
Great work and thanks for the tutorial.Canon EOS 7D
EF 70-200L f2.8 IS USM, EF 17-40L f/4 USM
100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens, 50mm f1.4, SLR Zoom Gorilla Pod, Cactus V4's, Speedlites 580EXII & 430EXII, Manfrotto 190XPROB w/496RC2 Ball Head
08-28-2009, 03:29 AM #3
08-28-2009, 03:40 AM #4
Wow, I can't believe how large and detailed you got it with a 250mm. I have a 55-200mm lens (granted it's a kit lens... I'm saving my pennies for a nicer one) and the moon still seemed so distant, that I decided to give up completely until I get a better lens. Maybe I'll try again sometime. Is there a time of the night that the moon appears bigger than others? (hmm... now that I've asked, I'm sure the answer depends where exactly you are on the planet...)Nikon D60
08-28-2009, 03:42 AM #5I'm new here!
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Thanks for posting this! I recently picked up the D90 w/kit lens, 70-300mm, and 50mm prime. I've been playing around with the 70-300 trying to get moon shots but it's mostly been trial and error. A few more days and it should be full. I'll try your recommendations (with a tripod, though ).
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08-28-2009, 03:47 AM #6
08-28-2009, 03:52 AM #7
08-28-2009, 04:27 PM #8Nikon D60
08-28-2009, 05:02 PM #9I'm new here!
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Too new to know....
I have a silly question. How do I under expose and then bring up the contrast. I've had a D40. I have the kit lens and a AF Zoom- NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G. Have had it for a year and its the last nice thing I may ever be able to afford so I'm trying to get a little serious. Any help would be greatly appreciated....
08-28-2009, 08:09 PM #10