I was talking with a fellow 60D owner over on my Facebook
page and she had some questions related to the best settings for capturing shots of the moon. I thought it would be beneficial to share our conversation...Mary-Ellen's Question
: It's one night after the full moon, what settings do you suggest to capture the full beauty of it with the 60D?Moose's Answer
: Here's what I would start with...
- Shoot in Aperture priority (Av on the mode dial)
- Set the Aperture to f/8 (rotate the command dial)
- Change the metering mode to Spot metering
- Set your ISO to 100
- Mount your 60D to a tripod
- Enable the self-timer to get your hands off the 60D and eliminate any chance of camera shake affecting the sharpness of your shot
With the above settings enabled, the 60D will automatically choose the appropriate shutter speed to get an accurate exposure. Spot metering will ensure the moon surface is properly exposed and not blown out (overexposed).
Also, if you don't want to focus each time you take a shot, just focus initially on the moon and then flip the switch on your lens from AF to MF. Happy shooting! :)