Reply to Teri’s Question About Taking Moon Images with Nikon Coolpix P520

A little while ago I received a message through the Contact form on this site asking about settings for the Nikon Coolpix P520 when taking a picture of the moon, as discussed at pages 333-334 of Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P520.

I sent a response, but my reply bounced back; the e-mail system said the user I sent it to was unknown.  I’m not sure how that happened, but it’s frustrating when this happens, because I don’t want someone to think I am ignoring a question.

So, here is Teri’s question, followed by my reply:

I have your book “Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P520”  on pages 333-335 on taking pictures of the moon I set my settings as you suggested.  I see the moon in full but when the picture is taken it looks like a white ball of light .  Could you let me know how to get the brightness of the picture and get the details of the moon. I would sure appreciate your help.  Thanks Teri

Hello, Teri — It can be hard to tell without seeing the actual image, but here are a couple of ideas.  First, be sure you have the camera on a solid tripod if at all possible, and use the self-timer so the camera does not move during the exposure. Second, if the moon is full, it may be too bright for the settings I listed.  Try with those same settings, but change the shutter speed to a faster one, such as 1/60 second.  Keep trying faster shutter speeds until the image looks good.

—Alex White

I hope Teri sees this post, and knows I have not ignored the question!  Teri, if you see this and want to follow up, please check into the e-mail address you used, and consider using a different one if that one has a problem. Thanks.


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