Have you ever looked at the night sky and thought you would love to get fabulous shots like the one’s you see in books?
But then thought, no, it must need super powerful lenses and professional equipment?
I used my Olympus micro four thirds system camera with a zoom lens to capture the photograph above. The only other essential piece of equipment was my tripod.
How I Got the Shot.
The settings I used for this shot were
Focal Length — 300mm, the full extent of the zoom lens.
Aperture — The aperture was set as wide as the lens would allow for the focal length, in this case f6.7
The ISO was set at 400 so there wasn’t too much noise.
This gave me an acceptable shutter speed of 1/200s.
The moon moves surprisingly fast across the sky so this was possibly the slowest shutter speed I could use.
With the camera set on the tripod, I focused manually and could see the craters at the dark edge showing superbly.
I took half a dozen shots just to make sure.
The shot was then cropped so that the moon took up a larger area of the image.
Once we get some more clear nights, I’ll be out again with my new longer lens!
Over to You.
Try the settings above to start off with if you are looking for moon shots like this with fantastic detail. The moon is the one feature of the night sky that is visible on such a regular basis. If you don’t get it right one night, you can try again the next.
You also have few worries with light pollution as the moon itself is so bright.
One last tip, a moon that isn’t full will be more interesting as you see those craters much more vividly.
Time to get out and test out your night vision. Good Luck!