Video: How to Shoot the Moon

Posted by Gary Ramey on September 30th, 2012

With all the opportunities to shoot the moon in October, I decided to scour YouTube looking for a good tutorial for shooting the moon. I found a two-parter. Be sure to watch both videos.

The first video gives great advice for shooting the moon with just about any digital camera. You will need a tripod but you don’t have to break the bank. If you have a super-zoom digital camera, you may be able to frame the moon tightly.

The second video lets you know how to use Manual mode to get an even better shot. The video does a great job of explaining why you need to reduce the exposure by 2 stops.

You will need to be able to zoom in very tight on the moon. To get the shot that I use for Moon Watch, I used a Sigma 150-500mm Telephoto Zoom Lens. This is a very long lens that allowed me to zoom in tight enough on the moon to see the craters. You will need to use the self-timer or remote release when using a lens this long. Expect a lot of camera movement if you press the shutter button to take the photo.

Read my review of the Sigma 150-500mm lens.


1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Anthony Pen-Darvis says:

    It would be great if there was some way of printing this article for reference.

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