[1100d] Help taking pictures of the moon

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Jacobr9827
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[1100d] Help taking pictures of the moon
Feb 6, 2012

As you can see there is a reflection of the moon on my lens and the moon is too bright i know i should have lowered the shutter speed but hot can i get my photo more detailed help

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In reply to Jacobr9827, Feb 6, 2012

If you have a protective filter in front of the lens, remove it as it will cause reflections like this.

Other than that, you can shoot the moon at ISO 100-400 depending on whether or not you have a tripod. The moon is actually a sun-lit object as if you were shooting mid-day, so take that in to account and shoot accordingly.

I could write down some numbers based on the "sunny 16" rule, but trial and error (i.e. take a photograph and then examine your histogram) in M mode is the best way to learn.

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In reply to Shorthand, Feb 6, 2012

thx and yes i had a uv filter on

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In reply to Jacobr9827, Feb 6, 2012

Yes, manual exposure, manual focus with 5x liveview, remote shutter release or 2 sec time delay and tripod of course.

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Jacobr9827 wrote:

As you can see there is a reflection of the moon on my lens and the moon is too bright i know i should have lowered the shutter speed but hot can i get my photo more detailed help

First take off the UV filter. It may be causing the reflection. On a tripod, turn off the IS. Then enable mirror lockup. Use the 10 second timer or a remote switch.

Next, focus have over the edge for maximum contrast. If it's not a full moon, focus on the area between the light and dark areas where you'll see the craters.

Use manual mode and try f/8 as an initial setting and ISO 100. Leave your EV set to zero. Now simply adjust your shutter speed to set the exposure. A longer shutter is brighter, a quicker shutter is darker. Take a series of shots at different shutter speeds until you find what works best for you. Also, when the moon is full or near full, you won't see much detail because the light in straight in which doesn't make any shadows. A half moon is the best.

Here is an unedited jpg of a near full moon from a T3i and a Tamron 70-300VC lens. I did resize it to the approximate size you would get with your T3 at full resolution size.
Shot @ 300mm, f/8, ISO-100, 1/200 second.

Another resized to T3 size. This phase of the moon will give you the best details.

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In reply to Jacobr9827, Feb 6, 2012

Jacob - a UV filter of that quality should just stay off of your lens.

Instead, I'd recommend getting a 3rd-party lens hood for protection.

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In reply to Shorthand, Feb 6, 2012

The lens hood is a good idea, even for night shooting if there are any light sources that should shine on your lens.

You can probably get a non-Canon lens hood for $4-$5 on ebay. It's just a simple plastic cone. If you have the Canon 70-300 IS, the hood is an "ET-65-B". I just looked and they have a couple for $3.69 and free shipping. Better than Canon's $55 suggested price.
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Jacobr9827 wrote:

As you can see there is a reflection of the moon on my lens and the moon is too bright i know i should have lowered the shutter speed but hot can i get my photo more detailed help

Handheld on a very cold Winter night.

Use tripod, shoot in RAW, stop down to f/8 and slower shutter if you don't have a steady hands.

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tymevest wrote:

On a tripod, turn off the IS.

Depends on the lens. If it's the latest generation there's no need to turn it off under any conditions (except to save the battery), and in any case it should help at the shutter speeds required for this shot.

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Yes and thanks for all your help

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In reply to Jacobr9827, Feb 7, 2012

i know i should have lowered the shutter speed but hot can i get my photo more detailed help

Increase the shutter speed - don't lower it. Also, you may want to try taking a shot before it is fully dark.

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