Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1445 (1:06:33)

Chris Marquardt

Chris says that shooting the "Super Moon" isn't really super at all. Even Neil DeGrasse Tyson says that the moon is only maybe .01% closer. But if you want to shoot the moon, here's what you need to keep in mind:

1) It's tiny.
2) It's really bright.
3) It's rather boring.

Your smartphone isn't going to cut it to capture the moon. You'll need a camera with a long lens, like 1000mm on an MFT camera. Or 1500mm on a full frame camera. It's really bright. So bright that you can shoot it without a tripod. The auto mode is going to have trouble too. So shoot manually with the "looney eleven." These settings - ISO 100, Shutter Speed at the inverse of that, or 1/100th (125th) and aperture f11. If you're using a huge 1000mm lens, then ISO 1000, 1/1000th, f11.

Check out - TPE - The Photographer's Ephemeris.