9 creative photo ideas to try in March

    | Photography Tips | 01/03/2013 01:00am

    04 Shoot the moon

    9 creative photo ideas to try in March: shoot the moon

    March is one of the best times to shoot the moon. The most interesting shots can be had at twilight, when there’s still some colour in the sky.

    Use an app such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris ( to calculate the position of the moon as the night progresses, and plan your pictures accordingly.

    You can use a wide range of lenses – anywhere between 50mm and 300mm.

    However, for frame-filling shots, you’re going to need a serious amount of focal length to pull it in close.

    With a 400mm lens and a 2x teleconverter mounted on an APS-C SLR such as a Canon EOS 650D or Nikon D5200, you will still only manage to fill less then half the frame. Cropping is the only answer here.

    Why not try combining a magnified moon, shot at the long end of a zoom, with a wider view of a scene? Cameras like the Canon EOS 6D or Nikon D300 include a Multiple Exposure mode that lets you combine two exposures in one frame.

    First, shoot the moon against a black sky, using an exposure of around 1/200 sec at f/11 (ISO200). Check the histogram to ensure you’re not over-exposing it, then take the second shot, exposing normally.

    However, for more control, combine two separate shots using layers and blends in Photoshop.

    Get started today…
    *  Shoot in raw rather than JPEG to ensure maximum quality and editing flexibility.
    *  Shoot in Manual mode. Try an exposure of f/16 at 1/ISO sec to begin with.
    *  Check the camera’s histogram – make sure the graph is to the right without being clipped.
    *  Use the magnification feature of Live View to zoom in on the moon and check the focusing.

    PAGE 1: Shoot a single colour
    PAGE 2: Shoot light trails
    PAGE 3: Shoot with a bargain f/1.8 lens
    PAGE 4: Shoot the moon
    PAGE 5: Shoot with the wrong white balance
    PAGE 6: Shoot close-ups of bubbles
    PAGE 7: Shoot the Venice Carnival
    PAGE 8: Shoot the urban underground
    PAGE 9: Shoot inspiring architecture


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