Originally Posted by i just got lucky
How do you take pictures of the moon like that? What kind of lens do you use?
I just go on the roof of my house and start taking pictures.I usually use a tripod but it's kind of a pain to keep taking up to the roof and I've gotten better at steadying my hand. I use a Canon EF 100-400mm Lens
. The focal length on that shot is 370mm but it varies. You can see my other moon shots on my flickr. The one thing that you have to remember with taking pictures of the moon is to set your ISO, shutter speed and F-stop correctly. I play around with my settings a lot, depending on what I want it to look like. If you have a really low shutter speed, it will obviously come out blurry and also like a big white ball in the sky rather than looking like the actual moon (because so much of the moonlight is getting let in at once). But for something like the one I just posted, I wanted the craters and valleys to stand out a bit so I made the shutter speed a bit higher than usual (1/400) to let in less light. However, to make up for the fact that my shutter speed was so fast, I set my ISO to 400 so that I'd still be able to see the moon. My f-stop was set to 5.6 (as a default since it can't go any lower while the lens is extended fully) so that also helped out a bit with letting the light into the camera to see the moon. As for the size, it looks bigger than it actually is only because I cropped it. Usually they my moon pictures look something like this
, so you can tell that I'm a lot farther away than it seems. I hope that helped.