Night Sky Photography: pro secrets for stunning moonlight landscapes

    | Night | Photography Tips | 07/01/2013 16:00pm
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    Three ways to get great photos in moonlight

    Three ways to get great photos in moonlight: step 1

    Compose with care
    All successful landscape images need a strong composition. Increase the ISO to its highest setting and use Live View to get a clear view of the scene on screen, then return the ISO to a lower setting before taking the shot.

    Three ways to get great photos in moonlight: step 2

    Calculate the exposure
    Increase the ISO to a high setting and take a test shot using an aperture of f/5.6. Check the histogram, and if the exposure 
is accurate use these settings to work out the exposure for a lower ISO setting – for example, f/5.6 at 4 secs at ISO12800 is the same as f/5.6 at 4 mins at ISO200.

    Three ways to get great photos in moonlight: step 3

    Use Bulb mode
    The longest exposure possible using one of the standard modes is 30 seconds, so you’ll need to use Bulb (B) mode instead. This allows exposures of any length to be made using a remote shutter release. Press and hold/lock the remote to keep the shutter open for the desired time.

    PAGE 1: Using moonlight in your night sky photography
    PAGE 2: Timing your moonlight photography
    PAGE 3: Three ways to get great photos in moonlight
    PAGE 4: How to photograph the moon
    PAGE 5: Essential night sky photography tips to remember

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    Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 4:00 pm under Night, Photography Tips.

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