Photo of the Day: Blue Moon

Tonight’s full moon is a beauty and it also happens to be a blue moon, or the second full moon in a month. Most of the time each month has only one full moon but once in a blue moon, or every two to three years we get two;)

blue moon square

Want to capture your own photo of the full moon? The trick is to remember that the moon is lit by the sun, so your camera settings should be the same as if you were shooting something in daylight. This image was taken at f/11, 1/500 sec, ISO 2000 with my camera set up on a tripod. Now you’re probably thinking, and rightfully so, that you would never shoot in daylight with an ISO of 2000. I cranked up the ISO here to allow for a higher shutter speed to eliminate camera shake. A shutter remote can also prove very helpful in situations such as this, if you have one on hand:)

4 thoughts on “Photo of the Day: Blue Moon

  1. Mona says:

    You make a good point. I use a shutter speed of 1/250 w/ f/8.0 and a low ISO. However, even on the tripod last night, I got some camera shake. I thought about using the shutter remote (well, cabled) but didn’t feel like going back in the house to dig it out (lame reason). Next time, I’ll try your system.

    • Krysteena Marie says:

      I normally wouldn’t crank the ISO quite so high, but I bumped it up in hopes of catching the trees framing the full moon. As you can see here, that didn’t quite work out…. but I was nearly hauled off by mosquito-pterodactyl hybrids before I had time to figure out how to adjust my settings:)

  2. Scott says:

    This is an excellent insight — one that us non-professional photographers really have no idea about. When else is it best to use an ISO of 2000?

    Thank you!

    • Krysteena Marie says:

      Excellent question! For those of us who remember using film in cameras, I always suggest that you choose your ISO as you would your film speed. ISO is your camera’s sensitivity to light, so use high ISO in low light situations. Higher ISO will allow you to capture your photo without flash at indoor birthday parties, dance recitals, a day at the aquarium, and many other situations! One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the higher your ISO, the more noise (or graininess) your photo will have.

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