Photography Cook Book

How to photograph the Moon

  • (ISO800, f/5.6, 1/250s) The moon is really very bright. The moon is also moving. So the general principle is to have a small aperture and a fast aperture to account for these.
    • use a zoom lens for the best images
    • use a tripod and a remote shutter release to minimize shake
    • use a small aperture setting to reduce the amount of light hitting the sensor to capture as much detail as possible and avoid the moon being blown-out (f/5.6 or smaller)
    • use a fast shutter speed to both capture the image with minimum moon motion and to reduce the amount of light being captured (1/250 sec or faster)
    • be in a dark location with minimum light pollution and very little or no cloud cover
    • use manual mode and carefully focus on the moon until you see a reasonable amount of detail