At one point or another, all photographer's try to take a picture of the moon. However, it's not as easy as it sounds. If you think you're doing everything right - you've got your DSLR, a tripod and your camera on a remote shutter speed - yet the resulting photograph sees the moon as a blurry, over-exposed blob in the background which lacks in dimension and crater detail, then don't worry because this blog post will show you some useful photography tips.
If you are the type of person who doesn't mind missing out on catching a lie in on the weekends, breakfast in bed and a game or two at golf course to get up extra early and venture outside with your camera to capture a stunning orange sunset, then you probably won't mind staying up late to capture the moon in all its glory. Below are three useful tips to help you photograph the moon beautifully.
Begin by fixing your camera to a sturdy tripod. Then get yourself a telephoto lens - something like a 300mm lens should be fine.
Although the automatic settings on the camera are handy, the best way to shoot at night it to customise all the settings yourself. If you manually set the ISO and shutter speed yourself, you will find that the quality of the pictures is far better. Many people increase their ISO when it is dark, but do not make this mistake when photographing the moon - the moon is a light source so no additional light is needed for the shot. Kepp your ISO at 100 and set the aperture to about f/11. Take some shots, and tweak the aperture and shutter speed as appropriate.
You may think you need a long exposure to photograph the moon, but actually underexposing the photo gives you a better quality image since you can increase the the brightness and the contrast levels in post-processing. Remember, the moon moves across the sky, so to avoid a blurry image, keep the exposure to a maximum of 1/15.