Supermoon 2012: Biggest full moon of the year (May 5th)

May 6th, 2012

As the blog title suggests, tonight was the biggest full moon of the year, so I thought I would take advantage of the situation and try and get some moon shots in.  The moon can be tricky to photograph as it is usually quite bright while it’s surroundings are dark and the other thing is that it is constantly moving quicker than you might think.

To combat some of these challenges, here are some tips you may like to try:

  1. use a steady tripod
  2. turn off your image stabilization on your lens or camera if you have it
  3. use the timer on the camera
  4. use mirror lock up
  5. use spot metering and place the centre focal point directly over the moon
  6. aim for the following settings if possible
  • ISO 100
  • f11
  • shutter speed of 1/100 or greater

The following image was taken with the above settings using a 400mm lens and the image is cropped.

 (Ian C Whitworth)

So get out and try your luck at some moon photography while enjoying some fresh air!

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