13. Do use exposure bracketing
Once you have found an exposure that you’re happy with, it’s best to bracket around that setting.
You see, the view of your images in the dark, on the back of your camera, can often be deceiving. In the dark, images always appear brighter on the camera LCD than they are when opened on your computer.
So after you’re satisfied with the exposure you have dialed in, bracket two stops under and two stops over, just to ensure that you get a result you’ll be happy with later.
14. Don’t use Auto White Balance
Using Auto White Balance will give you very inconsistent results.
Instead, I recommend you try the daylight white balance preset. And if you’re looking for a different effect, try the tungsten or cloudy presets.
Don’t be afraid to experiment.
If you are shooting in RAW, you can change the white balance in post-production.
15. Don’t depend on your meter
In general, your camera’s light meter will be fooled by the amount of light reflecting off the moon.
So make sure you constantly check your LCD and histogram to ensure you’ve nailed the exposure.
Also, it is important to note that, as the moon rises, the exposure will change. The moon gets brighter as it rises, so you’ll need to keep adjusting your shutter speed to compensate.
16. Do shoot the moon in RAW
Shooting in RAW will allow you to capture more details of the moon’s surface, and also give you more latitude for adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop.
So, unless you are not at all comfortable with using camera RAW software, always shoot the moon in RAW.
17. Don’t be afraid to crop your images
Unless you are shooting with a very large telephoto lens, you will want to crop your image to display the moon at a decent size.
The more you crop, the more you reduce your ability to print at a high resolution.
18. Do tweak and sharpen
Most moon photography is going to require some post-processing in Photoshop or other photo editing software. Adding clarity and contrast will help bring out details, and this will enhance the craters and mountains of the moon.
As mentioned above, the white balance and exposure may also be adjusted to achieve a nice result, as both are somewhat difficult to perfect in-camera.
19. Don’t be afraid to get creative
Here’s the truth:
Most great moon photography has been manipulated in post-production, because of the difficulty of capturing a great moon shot in one image.
So don’t be afraid to get creative.
For instance, you might create a composite, as I did for this image:
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