Reader BKKPhotographer asked:
We’re having some lovely clear nights in Bangkok now it is the cool season. The moon often looks great but I have had limited success photographing it. Do you have any tips for good lunar photography?
The moon is remarkably bright, but it is in a remarkable dark background. So it is hard to photograph.
I would start here:
- Shoot RAW.
- Use the longest lens you have. This makes the moon look larger in relation to items on the horizon, like trees and builings.
- Use the steadiest tripod you can find.
- Focus manually – or autofocus, then switch to manual and leave it there (“infinity”)
- Spot meter off the moon, and then vary from there – a stop should do it.
- Try low ISO: the moon is bright so you will not need very long exposures.
- Shoot all phases, not just full moon
- Use a wire release, or the 2s self timer.
Here’s some exposure settings to start with:
- 100 ISO
- 1/125 – 1/250
You see, it’s really very bright, the moon.