Back in the beginning of July I posted a photo of a nearly full moon.
It was my best attempt at shooting the moon since I started shooting I thought. My friend JT agreed and when he saw it he emailed me saying:
Just got back from vacation late last night, in awe of your shot of the moon from earlier in the week.Settings, filter, etc. anything… it is so well done, I must know more!
I told him that I would post all the details in a post in the near future as I though that others might find the information useful. Now that I have kept him waiting for over a month I though I would put this post together.
First here is the original image straight from the camera, no post processing.
Same image, I swear. Much less impressive, no?
First the camera settings:
- White Balance: Tungsten
- Shutter Speed: 1/6th second
- Aperture: f45 (was overkill probably)
- Focal Length: 300mm (on my Nikkor 70-300mm lens)
- ISO 800 (on auto ISO mode)
- Shot with a tripod mount on timer mode (I don’t have a remote release) so the camera wouldn’t shake
As you can see I can’t get too tight in on the moon even with the longest lens I have so I knew I was going to crop. Along with the crop I took the following actions in Photoshop.
- Exposure: -.20
- Contrast: +100
- Recovery: +100
- Clarity: +40
- Vibrance: -80
- Saturation: -80
This was all done in Photoshop CS3 in the Camera RAW settings (This is where Photoshop prepares a RAW image for editing in Photoshop).
I have been shooting in uncompressed, RAW, format since I got my hands on my Nikon D80 and if you are shooting a DSLR I would highly recommend it. It provides a greater level of flexibility in post processing.
Probably more than many of you wanted to know or even understand. Much of it I don’t still fully understand. Honestly, for the most part, I just adjust to what looks good to my eye.
I am the first to say that I am no expert when it comes to the technical side of photography, I’m still a novice in that regard, but I thought this post might be helpful anyway.
I’m glad to answer any questions on any shots from the past or going forward. Just don’t expect an instant answer!
Now, I have just one more promised (long overdue) post to get out there. I hope to get that one published this week too.