Shooting the Moon with a Fujifilm Finepix S2000HD

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Shooting the Moon with a Fujifilm Finepix S2000HD

Postby Ida Arnold » Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:43 pm

Firstly, hello, I'm Richard, novice at photography, but eager to learn.

I'm just starting to get the hang of S2000HD and I am pretty much always shooting in manual mode now.

I have managed to get some decent shots of sunset and so I thought I would give the moon ago. I can get it in focus, using a tripod, ISO 100-200 and messing about with the shutter speed and aperture. But all I get is the moon, no other detail, such as cloud. I know the ISO is low, but I don't want too much noise.

Anyone got any tips?

P.S. I'll post a sample when I have read the rules about putting pictures up.
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Postby popo » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:03 pm

The moon, particularly when full, is brighter than you think. If the moon surface details can be seen, then it is normal for everything else to look dim. If you make everything brighter to show up clouds, then you will likely lose the surface detail.
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Postby Ida Arnold » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:15 pm

This was what I managed to get last night. The moon was bright, but it still came out yellow and none of the surrounding cloud was picked up.

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Postby popo » Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:04 pm

Looks like you can afford to go quite a bit brighter on the moon without losing detail on it, which might help bring out anything else around too.
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Postby Ida Arnold » Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:28 pm

Do you mean make it brighter in photoshop?
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Postby Ruben123 » Thu May 06, 2010 10:30 am

Shoot in RAW, process it later in Photoshop.
The WB is incorrect;)
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Postby jinay » Thu May 06, 2010 2:21 pm

Hi,

Here in India, around Feb (not really sure, I am very poor with dates....) the moon was going to appear reddish. So, I decided to photograph it. I have never really photographed the night sky, so was a complete novice there. I made these observations:
When I used a shutter-speed of around 1/200 seconds to 1/160 seconds, the moon looked pretty red.
Coming to 1/80 to 1/125 seconds, it looked more towards yellow.
At 1/30 seconds, it looked perfectly white with the craters visible.
At speeds longer than 1/30 seconds, the details were lost, and at over 1/4 seconds, it just became a pure white bulb-like sphere with a seemingly smooth surface.
Is the hue of the moon related to shutter speed in any way? I haven't found an explanation to this yet. And obviously and most importantly, the WB and colour effects, all were default. Even ISO was kept at 80, which is the minimum. I suspect the yellowish tinge in the colour of the moon might be related to the shutter. But, I would gladly like to know how!

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Postby Ida Arnold » Thu May 06, 2010 11:15 pm

I can't shoot in RAW, the S2000HD doesn't allow it!
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Postby Canon 500D » Thu May 27, 2010 4:21 am

Are you able to set the white balance though?

That looks a very good picture :D
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Postby Ida Arnold » Mon May 31, 2010 5:32 pm

I have 6 preset modes for white balance, I leave it on auto.
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Postby Canon 500D » Mon May 31, 2010 5:41 pm

Is one of the presets labelled "custom", for a custom white balance?
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Postby Ida Arnold » Mon May 31, 2010 5:52 pm

Yes there is a custom one.
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Postby Canon 500D » Mon May 31, 2010 5:58 pm

I would set it to custom then, especially for those tricky situations.

You take a photograph of something white (eg paper / screen) and then when previewing the photo on the LCD, you set it as the custom reading. You will then have to remember to set it back to auto, or take a new white balance photograph, each and everytime the scene changes.

The white item that you are using MUST be in the scene. For example if I was shooting outdoors, I would take the white paper with me, and photograph it outdoors with me. This is mandatory so the camera can see what light you have.

Settings vary dependant on the camera that you're using at the time.
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Custom White Balance - Fujifilm Finepix S2000HD

Postby Canon 500D » Mon May 31, 2010 6:02 pm

1. Access the white balance menu (where you see the presets)
2. Select the 'custom' setting
3. Aim the camera at the white card or object
4. Press the shutter

COMPLETED should be displayed on the screen once the camera is ready

5. Press Menu/OK


That is pretty much it
Custom Balance > Shutter > Menu/OK


If it doesn't quite go to plan, and "Over" or "Under" is displayed, then you will have to ajdust the exposure compensation accordingly, and try again until is does display "Completed" on the screen. Just redo the steps written above.

I use custom white balances and they work well, but make sure that the white object fills the whole frame of the camera. It is best to zoom in to the centre of the white card to ensure that it is all covered.
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Postby Ida Arnold » Mon May 31, 2010 6:42 pm

Thanks mate, you're a star :D
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