We all love Full Moon shots right? I came across a tutorial on taking moon photos which proved it was so much easier than I thought it would be and you do not need a full fancy mega expensive lens either!
I used my Olympus EM10 Mark ii with the basic 40mm - 150mm f4/f5.6 telephoto lens plus a tripod, but the tripod isn’t essential, if you have a steady hand or a wall or large sturdy object to lean against you will still capture good shots.
The recommended settings are :
ISO 200 (Yes really)
F8 (The most frequent sweet spot for many lenses)
Metering Mode - Spot Metering
Anti Shock Mode
White Balance - Sunny (yes really)
Once I had my settings all set up with my camera on the tripod, I just needed to find the focus point and adjust the exposure settings, using my auto focus I positioned the focus point so it sat on the edge of the moon, therefore capturing the contrast between the bright light of the moon and dark sky, which makes easy for the camera to find the focus. The last setting needed was to adjust the exposure compensation, I tested it on a few shots, I was somewhere around minus 2.7 - 3, just keep trying to see which suits your lighting condition best. I like to use RAW files instead of JPEGS for my post processing, these moon photos had the bare minimum of editing in Lightroom, basically a little bit of Contrast, some tweaking of the shadows, black and whites, finally a little sharpening. I was very pleased with my first ever attempt, I cannot wait for another full moon opportunity, just hope the weather will play fair too!