#1. "RE: ISO Settings for Newbie" In response to Reply # 0
Try using Manual Mode, ISO 200, Shutter at 125-250 and an apeture of 8. Speed up or slow down shutter depending on how blown out the moon is. Use sunshine WB and the color will come out correctly. Also shoot in raw.
Take a look at my moon shot below. Make = NIKON CORPORATION Model = NIKON D70 Exposure Time = 1/250" F Number = F8 Exposure Program = Manual ISO Speed Ratings = 200 Focal Length = 300mm
#2. "RE: ISO Settings for Newbie" In response to Reply # 0
I replied to your earlier posting, but I'll repeat it here again:
By the way, if you're using the kit lens (18-55mm): the 55mm end may not be enough zoom to capture any detail of the moon...I've tried with it in the past and didn't get very good results - that's why I borrowed my buddy's 70-210mm zoom.
Anyhow, here's the re-posting of my reply to your previous request:
I'm not sure exactly what effect you're looking for but here's a link to a photo of the moon I took:
I think this was addressed elsewhere - but you will not be able to expose the foreground and get a sharp picture of the moon in the same shot.
The moon is quite bright and to get detail (as opposed to a bright blob) you will need a fast shutter speed - 1/250s or faster. This will leave your foreground very dark of course.
I believe in Manual mode you probably had your camera set to Matrix metering. The matrix metering looks at the whole scene to determine proper exposure and probably (rightly so) decided that it was dark outside and that you needed to expose for 4 sec. to get proper exposure of the foreground (the trees). Try changing the mode to Spot metering and meter off the moon to see what recommendations you get - it'll be something like f5.6 at 1/200s because of how bright the moon is.
#3. "RE: ISO Settings for Newbie" In response to Reply # 2
>The moon is quite bright and to get detail (as opposed to a >bright blob) you will need a fast shutter speed - 1/250s or >faster. This will leave your foreground very dark of >course.
To get around the dark foreground problem you could take two shots at different exposures.. one to capture the moon at the right exposure, another that gives detail to the foreground. This would need to be done on a tripod so that both shots are exactly the same. If you then bring them into Photoshop, and then copy both into the same image you will then have two layers which you can then either use the eraser tool on, or the layer mask.