published June 17, 2010 by Ben Adams

Outdoor Photography: Shooting the Moon

As hunters, we all know how important it is to get to the woods “on-time.” For most of us, that means being in your treestand before daylight. Arriving in the woods late could, and in some cases probably already has, cost you a trophy buck.

But if you’re one, like me, who considers a camera and tripod just as important as any firearm, entering the woods long before the sun peaks over the horizon is a two-fold decision that goes beyond hunting strategies.

The fact is, the moon itself, and the moonlit woods under a clear sky, present some of the most picturesque settings a photographer will ever find. However, capturing this striking setting with any clarity can be tricky. If you don’t know what you’re doing, there’s a good chance your beautiful moon shot could turnout to be an overexposed blob on a black background.

Here are a few very important tips for taking the best moonlight photos. Write them down in you’re hunting or photography journal, that way you’ll have them for quick reference when the time is right:

  • Keep your exposure under 30 seconds when shooting the moon and/or nighttime sky. This will keep the stars from becoming streaky. On most occasions this will not be a problem, as a few second exposure will do, but it all depends on the amount of light available. If your exposure is too long and allows too much light in, your photo will end up bright, looking as if it is a daytime photo with stars. Of course, this could be the effect that you are after.

Come inside the Arkansas Hunting Forum for more tips and tricks for moonlight photography.

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