Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1322 (1:07:46)

Chris Marquardt

This week's photographic superpower is how to shoot the moon. It's actually more difficult to get a great picture of the moon than the sun. There are a few tricks that will help:

1) The moon on its own is boring. Compose it with some foreground that the moon shines above. It gives it some frame and context.
2) for a descent sized moon, you'll need a telephoto lens. The longest you have. Cheat a bit and make a composite.
3) There's a lot of light coming from the moon, so turn down your display brightness so it won't blind you.
4) Set your camera to Manual. Choose your ISO (400 is good) and shoot. Set your shutter speed the same as the ISO, then set the aperture at f/11. That's a good place to start.
5) For the best detail, shoot the moon when it's not full. Shoot it at 3/4 full when the light is at the side. That gives you shadows in the craters. Play with the contrast.
6) Another tip is to expose for a long time, but trigger a flash to capture the foreground.

Don't forget our current assignment - "Fly." Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "fly" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "fly" as well! If Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!