This past Sunday, many of us were able to see the lunar eclipse, for the most part. If you are in the Philadelphia area like me, you probably saw a lot of clouds. Which was a little disappointing since a “Super Moon Lunar Eclipse” is not suppose to happen again until like 2033, or around that time. The couple hour event is amazing to see, I unfortunately did not get to see the whole thing, mostly because I started falling asleep on the sidewalk watching it; luckily it was nice out, I could have slept there.
Capturing the eclipse was no small task with the cloud cover, I spent about 15-20 minutes trying to find the best focus on the moon; shooting at night you will want to be in full manual mode. So what did I use? I had my Canon EOS 70D set up on a tripod and 70-300mm lens attached. A longer lens is always best for taking pictures of the moon. The longer the lens, the closer and more detail of the moon you are able to see. Because I was shooting at night, I also used my phone which acts as a remote for my camera. This way the camera did not shift a little when I would hit the shutter.
Once, I had my focus it was time to see what the best exposure would be. Sunday night I was about a half hour south of Philadelphia, and the best place to see the moon was standing on the sidewalk, next to a street light. I have photographed the moon before and I have found a 2-6 second exposure is the best, a longer exposure and everything moves (the earth and the moon). With the 2-6 second exposure I dropped my aperture to ƒ/5.6, I wanted a smaller opening. I played with ISO the most, I finally decided on 640 as the best for me.
Try playing around with your settings the next time you shoot at night. The moon is out most nights and a great way to practice shooting in low light. Let us know what settings you found to be best for you.