Digital Photography – Photographing the Moon With a DSLR Digital Camera

The DSLR, Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera is a super advancement on cameras of old and not even that long ago. The photography World has moved on and in a very big way too. It all started with the digital compact and has moved on gracefully from there; even your mobile phone camera is more than capable of producing some pretty interesting pictures these days.

But some of the more specialist subjects still require a certain amount of specialist knowledge and equipment if you are determined to create a highly impressive picture …

Take the moon for instance, ordinarily you would think it fairly straight forward to photograph, and in a way it pretty much is, but remember the planet is a quarter of a million miles away and only three and a half thousand kilometers in diameter so giving it some respect when wanting to get some great images is the only way to go.

Let us say that you have or are thinking of getting a DSLR camera of some description, which are more than capable of taking some amazing pictures of the moon, but with most DSLR cameras you will only get a standard lens, generally these are very good all round lenses, but unfortunately will not provide very impressive results when photographing the moon or any other part of the Solar System, so an upgraded lens would be a must for good high quality images.

A 28-200mm will provide you with good quality close and mid range pictures, ideal for everyday use and air-shows etc as well as some very nice distance shots that are not mega miles away. Ideally you would want a 70-300mm or even a 100-500mm where possible, but with a lens like this it is only really ideal suited to the longer distance shots and not very good with anything very close up.

Top Tip: The bigger the lens the harder it is to take still perfect pictures, so a tripod, monopod (monopod = tripod with one leg) or bean bag is a must. Using a tripod and taking the pictures on timer or even using a remote control will yield excellent results.

But wait, before you rush out and buy masses of lenses there is a way around this. One of the ways of getting a benefit out of your standard lens that comes with your camera is to use a 2x converter; this does exactly what it says on the tin.

So for instance if the standard camera lens is only an 18-70mm it will increase the distance pictures to 140mm and is also pretty good for close ups too, even insects in some cases, so an ideal digital DSLR digital camera kit would consist of the camera of choice with standard lens, a 2x converter and a 28-200mm lens.

This kit would allow you to capture some awesome images of pretty much everything and anything that you want to.

The 2x converters are a pretty good option if budget is an issue as lenses can in some cases work out quite expensive, but certainly a must at some point. One of the downsides with a converter in some cases is that you might have to lose the autofocus facility on your camera and focus manually, but this is a small sacrifice for highly improved amazing photos.

Finally, if it is a bright moon you might want to try using a low ISO, something like ISO 100 should do up to 400 ISO, but for best results take a few on each ISO LCD display. You will soon be able to tell if it is too bright. Taking your first great picture of the moon craters an-all is a pretty awesome experience and not one to be taken lightly.

By now you should have a pretty good idea on photographing the moon with a digital single lens reflex camera, which is an amazing subject when you start getting it right.

Source by Clive Anderson