How to Take Night Pictures of the Moon With a Canon

By Amelie Mueller
A Canon digital or film camera, excellent moon photographs
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The moon, with its brilliant white beauty and ever changing state, has long been the subject to many photographers' pictures. The moon, however, can be very tricky to photograph properly. Often, the moon is overexposed in photographs or it just shows as fleck of white, showing no detail of the surface. Canon digital or film cameras can make photographing the moon an easy task. Learning how to work your Canon's manual controls will have you taking mesmerizing moon photographs in no time.

Step 1

Turn your Canon camera to its manual mode. On most canon models this is done by rotating the settings wheel to the "M" position. On high-end DSLR's you may need to access the menu by pressing the menu button on the back of the camera.

Step 2

Set your camera's ISO to 100. On film cameras, load a roll of 100 speed film. Most film models will auto-detect the speed. If not, manually change the ISO to 100 by rotating the ISO knob located on top of your camera. On DSLR's access the menu and go into the ISO settings menu to make the adjustment.

Step 3

Rotate the aperture setting to f/11. Simply turn the aperture setting ring located on the lens until it reads 11. Set your shutter speed to 1/125 by turning the dial on top of your film camera or accessing the shutter speed menu on your digital camera. Mount the camera to a tripod.

Step 4

Look through the viewfinder to frame your photograph. Zoom in as close as possible to the moon. Use the manual focus mode by rotating the end of your lens until the moon appears clear and focused in your viewfinder.

Step 5

Step away from your camera and press the shutter release button on the remote. Do not touch your camera while taking a photograph. It will cause the photo to blur.