Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1224 (1:10:32)

Chris Marquardt

Chris joins us to talk about how to shoot the moon! The moon is so bright, that cameras often overexpose, so you have to go manual. You'll want to stop down to F11, ISO 800 or 1600, and a longer shutter speed, several seconds long. You'll need to use a tripod as well, and use the longest lens you can. Play around with your manual settings, and experiment until you find the right settings for your camera. Leo wants to know if you can shoot it with an iPhone. Chris says maybe. But you'll end up with an over exposed moon. So tap the moon with your finger and hold it, and it will lock the exposure and focus on the moon. Then slide up and down to adjust the exposure. It'll get you close, but it won't be very big in the sky. A photo of just the moon is something that everyone will take. What makes a moon shot more interesting is what is also in the picture, like a monument, or landscape. Think about how you can make your shot more interesting. That makes for planning so you can get the right time the moon is rising. There's a great site called The Photographer's Ephemeris that can help you. But getting a great shot of the moon is a great exercise that will give you greater skills in other photography projects.

Note that Chris is in the US for a few weeks, and so we're extending our current assignment 'Harvest' for another month. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of 'Harvest' and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Harvest" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!

In addition, we're going to do another mini assignment .... "Blood Moon!" Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the upcoming Blood Moon and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. as well. Don't forget to tag it with the word "BloodMoon" as well!