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PhotoTips - how to shoot the moon

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BoldPuppy says:

Tonight, we have a rare occurrence- not just a full moon, but also the moon is at perigee. This is the closest the moon has been to the earth since 1993. It's as large as it gets.

When shooting this moon - keep in mind that the moon is reflected sunlight, and as such, the sunny 16 rule should be used (or even the sunny 8 rule). That's f/16 at ISO 100 with 1/100 shutter speed. I'm seeing many good shots at f/8 ISO100 at 1/125. The full moon will change that setting, so use your histogram to help guide your exposure.

Of course, your mileage will vary, but try it. I think it's fun to try.
Originally posted at 1:13PM, 12 December 2008 PDT (permalink)
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Damien Franco is a group administrator Damien Franco says:

Thanks for sharing this great tip.

Keep it up!
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BoldPuppy says:

On a related note - NEVER look through the eyepiece when trying to take a photo of the sun, especially during the bright parts of the day. You could seriously damage your eyes. It's also possible to damage the sensor, if the sun is bright enough.

For sunset photos, the intensity is low enough that it may seem ok to look through the eyepiece, but it's still not recommended. If you have a camera that has 'live view' or something similar, then use that, instead, to get framing and focus.
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