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Hello. Can anyone help with this.

 

I have a d7500 and I'm very happy with it. However, for some reason I cannot take a decent photograph of the moon!! What I mean is, when in live view and magnifying (poor choice of words) in on the moon, all I get is a white blob! I've tried changing the white balance, the ISO, the aperture, shutter speed, manual and automatic focus, changing to different effects but it still ends up the same. I've been on several web sites and tried their suggested settings but nothing seems to work.

 

I've had a d5300 previously and could easily tale a decent photograph with that. I'm using the same lens that I had with the 5300 which is a Sigma 70-300. Every other photo is fine but I cannot nail a photo of the moon!!

 

Can anyone help???

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Tutster.



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Can you post an example along with your EXIF data?  Sounds like you may be shooting on automatic?



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The moon is ridiculously hard to meter and very easy to expose correctly. As the moon is always in bright sunlight, just use the old "Sunny 16" rule that was printed inside Kodak's film boxes. The rule states that the exposure in bright sunlight should be f/16 and the shutter speed the inverse of the ISO number. In practise, this means that for ISO 100, you should use f/16 and 1/100s. If there is some haze, you might need to let in some more light, but f/11 to f/16 usually works well.

 

This supermoon was shot on a flimsy tripod @600 mm. We had some slight fog around sunset on December 3, which hadn't condensed out yet when I shot this @17.01

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Model: NIKON D300
Lens (mm): 600
ISO: 640
Aperture: 11
Shutter: 1/640

 

Your light meter doesn't understand a very bright subject against a very dark background and tries to even things out to a medium grey. That is why you get a blown out moon without any detail at all.



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Hi. Many thanks for the advice. After researching further, the only thing I haven't done is spot metering!! My camera is almost always on matrix metering but I guess that because the camera settings are more sensitive than my old 5300, I need to fine tune it for optimum results. I'm going to be using the sunny 16 rule too!

When I get a decent picture I'll post it.

 

Many thanks again, much appreciated.







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