Thursday, October 28, 2010

3 Days 'til Halloween - How To Shoot The Moon

Shea's favorite

When the full moon is out on Halloween, the creep factor rises.  This year it isn't full, but there is still a moon! Give it a try. Frame it.  Leave it lonely in the sky. If you get really lucky take advantage of clouds.

You might recall my steps for shooting the moon.

1. Grab your lens with the longest focal length.
2. Take off your UV filter, if you have one on.
3. Set your ISO to 100.
4. Set your aperture to f/8.0 (this is not the only option).
5. Set your shutter speed to 1/125 (this is not the only option).
6. Zoom out to your longest focal length
7. Focus on the moon, ignoring your light meter (it's going to freak out, indicating you are overexposed)
8. Recompose if you'd like.
9. Shoot!


Okay, that's one way :)


Here are my steps for these.


1. Grab your lens with the longest focal length. (I used 200mm)
2. Take off your UV filter, if you have one on.
3. Set your ISO to 1250.
4. Set your aperture to f/2.8 (the moon is a LONG way out, you'll get the entire thing in focus).
5. Set your shutter speed to 1/400 (this is not the only option).
6. Zoom out to your longest focal length
7. Focus on the moon, ignoring your light meter (it's going to freak out, indicating you are overexposed)
8. Recompose if you'd like.
9. Shoot!
10. Shoot again.

Now, take a look at the #'s in steps #3, #4 and #5. Noticed how they changed? THAT is the exposure triangle - ISO, aperture and shutter speed. THAT is how photos are made! There are always multiple combinations. 
Ian's "spooky" favorite

My favorite

Any questions? I'd love to see what spooky photos you can come up with!

6 comments:

dille2@cableone.net said...

OHHHH... going to try this, this year. Would be a great addition to my personal 2011 calendar.
Thank you for the recipe! As always, you so rock! Thank you Miss K!!!!

Carol E said...

I am trying this tonight!

Romy said...

gotta save this to my bookmarks, I'm definitely gonna try it, thanks Katrina!!

A Scrappy Design said...

Thanks for the tips! Now I'm ready to take some more moon shots.

C.L. Davis said...

It works! I just did this last night!

Sarah said...

Definitely going to have to try this one! I went out to try it tonight, but couldn't see the moon from my house and it's the baby's bed time, so will have to give it a try tomorrow!

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