How does F16 rule helps taking moon pictures?

Started Jun 11, 2006 | Discussions thread
Steven Noyes Forum Pro • Posts: 12,372
Use the "Moony f11" rule.

The Sunny f16 rule does not really apply for the moon. We see the moon as a very bright object when reality, it is actually a very dark object.If you were on the moon, the light of the full earth would be spectacular compared to the full moon from Earth.

Using the Sunny f16 rule, you will get a moon that looks like it is composed of dark soil/dirt (and it is) and not the bright "light source" we think it is. Simply open to f11, and you will find a nicely balanced image.

Now how do you use this?

Sunny f16 rule: Set aperture to f16 and shutter to 1/ISO. Take picture. BANG good exposure.

Moony f11 rule: Set aperture to f11 and shutter to 1/ISO. Take picture. BANG correct moon exposure.

Why would you use this?

What happens as the sun sets and the full moon rises? It gets darker. There is a point in time when the sunny f16 stops applying and the the "correct" exposure needs to be f11. This is the time of day (might only be a few minutes) that you take you moon scape shoot. The moon will be correctly exposed as well as the Landscape.

Steven

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