Question from Carol about Photography by Moonlight -
|Photography by moonlight
can give images a mystical effect which you are unlikely to
capture under any other lighting conditions.
I have just found your site tonight. Do
you have anything on
taking moonlight photos. Not necessarily pictures of the moon but nice
Thanks for visiting better-photographs.com
I do not have a section on night photography yet but I'll add it to the
list of "things to do".
in my experience I have found that the most difficult thing to get
right is exposure - it's usually down to trial and error although the
number of trials reduce with experience.
Set your camera up on a
tripod or at least on a very firm base - the longer shutter speeds
involved in night photography rule "hand held" out of the question.
your camera to flash "off", manual exposure and manual focus - this is
very important as any "automatic" exposure setting will give you a very
light image and the camera will have difficulty focusing itself in the
dark. If you are using a digital camera - switch noise reduction "on"
if you are using a camera which has this function and unless you are
shooting in RAW, set the white balance to "daylight" (or "tungsten" if
you want a "bluer" result).
Once you have positioned the camera
for the composition you want, try setting the exposure to 2 seconds at
f5.6. (vary these according to the depth of field you want to achieve -
I am assuming you are knowledgeable about depth of field although there
is an explanation on the Focus
Focus the camera manually - 10 metres will give a good depth of field
at f5.6 for a 50mm lens (35 mm format equivalent).
When you have taken the image, preview it and adjust the shutter speed
for your next "trial" - longer exposure if the trial image is too dark,
shorter if too light. If your camera enables you to study the histogram
for the shot, most of the pixels for a "good" moonlit shot will be
towards the left hand end of the scale but not too many at complete
Let me know if any of this is unclear or if you need more information -
I'll help if I can.
All the best,
Thanks for taking the time to give me such a detailed reply.
I have just tried getting these kinda shots.