A&P Night Sky Pic EDU?

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  1. verbal

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    I'll admit that I haven't dove into my 350D and learning photography as much as I've wanted to. Life has threw other things at me that are more important. But I have a question.

    Tonight I took the dog outside and the moon was in a great spot. With the moon, clouds, and tree branches it would've made a great picture. I took the camera out and couldn't get anything decent.

    I then remembered these pics I took when I first got the camera...

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    They aren't that great, but for night shots without a tripod, I think they look damn good. I can't remember how I shot those pics.

    So, is there any way to get decent moon pictures a tripod? How would I go about getting a crisp, not overexposed shot of the moon?
     
  2. Cr0mulent

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    Those do look great for not having a tripod. You are definitely going to need a tripod if you want to take night photography. I recently have been playing with shutter speeds on my SD1000. If you dont want to over expose your pictures of the moon I would suggest experimenting with different shutter speeds.
     
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    well you had it at 1/13 of a second at f5 and flash fired. im guessing you shot at dusk as there are reds/orange in the sky so that helped light it up which helped keep the shutter speed fastish for a night shot. the flash lit up the tree in the foreground. theyre pretty low in contrast. and you may have made a make shift tripod (like putting it on some railing,etc). in anycase buy a tripod. even just a basic one. it will help more than you think right now.

    i retouched the bottom one in ps for a little help.
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  4. Bowzyr

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    sort of reminds me of a pic i posted here a few weeks ago:

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    Try putting the moon or any other items of interest somewhere else aside from the dead center of the picture... and yah.. use a tripod for this kind of thing. :wiggle:
     
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    tripod is mandatory even if you have a VR/IS lens
     
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    and if you do have a VR/IS is, and put your cam on a tripod, turn the VS/IS OFF! :bigthumb:
     
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    Elaborate on this for me...
     
  9. Bowzyr

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    Well first of all it is useless on a stationary tripod.. secondly, I have read a few articles stating that the 'floating' sort of gyrometric motion that occurs in a VR/IS lens can slightly degrade or interfere with a longer exposure... tiny motor moving eevvver so slightly.
     
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    Yeah in my own fiddling I've noticed this :o never knew it to be true. Thought I was :crazy:

    If my exposure is over like 8-10 seconds I really start to notice it.
     
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    Always, always use a tripod for night shots, even if you think you can hand hold it.

    The moon is quite bright compared to the rest of a "night sky" shot. Depending on your framing and time of night, if you want a decent shot of the moon and be able to see detail in the sky such as stars or a faint glow from city lights, you will have to take two shots and combine them in PS. The moon shot will probably be exposed best at somewhere around 1/15 sec at f/4, give or take, while the rest of the shot may be around 20-30 seconds or longer.

    If, on the other hand, you want to shoot a sunset shot with the full moon visable in the frame, you might get by with one shot at 1/30 sec at f4. The best bet is to bracket your exposures and/or look at the histogram to determine what's your best exposure.
     
  12. verbal

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    I'm just starting to learn how to use aperture settings. But with such a small screen on the camera, how do I know if the pic I took is decent? Any tips for this?
     
  13. Bowzyr

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    Ansel Adams managed to do ok with NO SCREEN AT ALL! :eek3:
     
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    werd. I managed to take pictures for years and to trust my exposure meter instead of looking at a screen to see if the shot was ok.
     
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    Thanks for the help and no sarcasm. The rest of OT could learn a lot from you guys. :)
     
  17. Bowzyr

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    A&P Sub-Forum is where it's at. :h5: :cool:
     
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    :bigthumb: I save most of my sarcasm for the "off-topic" side of OT. You might want to read my sticky, "photography and flash lighting 101" on the top of the page for a better understanding of f/stops, etc.
     
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