Shoot the Supermoon - best settings?

Started May 5, 2012 | Discussions thread
K Mcgregor Contributing Member • Posts: 834
Re: Shoot the Supermoon - best settings?

I don't think there's any need to use an aperture like f 11 when taking shots of the moon. Is there evidence such a small aperture is the sweet spot of the 70-300?

I would use f8 on a tripod for the steadiest result. Anti shake on and IS off, the dark frame noise reduction on if you need it (ie shutter speed more than a second) but you probably won't. A disadvantage of a long exposure with sky photos is that the earth's rotation can cause motion blur (as was probably mentioned in that guide).

You also can do it handheld at f 5.6 and it looks pretty decent-

1/400th, f 5.6, 100% crop, sharpened in PS. From my E520.

You don't want to go above ISO 100 if you can help it. Even ISO 100 can show some grain when you're having to use a 100% crop. As you will, because even with a 600mm lens the moon won't be that big in the frame.

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