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How to take photos of the moon – Improve your photo shooting capabilities and your technique (contd..)

Tip 691 (Can shoot an under-exposed image): Since it can be hard to get a perfect shot of the moon, many photographers like to get photos of the moon in a slightly under-exposed mode, so that they can later adjust the brightness. However, if you get a photo which is over-exposed (and taking photos of the moon can play tricks with you the exposure settings of your lens and camera), it is far harder to correct things.

Tip 692 (Use a remote shutter, or use a delay mode): One of the biggest problems that people face when taking photos of the moon is problems related to a certain amount of shake, and hence a tripod is recommended. However, along with a tripod, you need to avoid the shake that happens when the shutter release button is pressed, so either get a cable release for the camera, or set a slight delay for the camera to take a photo after the button is pressed.

Tip 693 (Watch out for light interference): In urban settings, there is a lot of ambient light from the surroundings, so if you have a choice for your moon shots (and don’t need to include urban settings), then shoot these photos from outside the cities where ambient light is much less.

Tip 694 (Set exposure compensation to be -1): To adjust for the problems in exposure when it comes to moon shots, use exposure compensation to slightly adjust the exposure that the camera calculates.

Tip 695 (Wait until the moon is above the horizon): There is some atmospheric distortion that occurs when the moon is just near the horizon, since the light rays are then at an angle to the atmosphere; if you want to avoid these distortions, then wait until the moon is well above the horizon.

Book: The Digital Photography Book

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