STEP BY STEP: Shoot the moon
Take perfect moon pictures with these three simple steps
1 Go long
Once you have discovered when the moon will be visible and waited for a clear night, the moon is one of the easiest subjects to shoot in the night sky. For a close-up of the moon, use at least a 300mm lens on a DX-format Nikon, or a 500mm lens on a full-frame one.
2 Get set up
With your Nikon on a tripod, you need to frame up the moon. Select Manual exposure and set ISO800, f/5.6 and 1/250 sec. In Manual Focus mode, switch to Live View and zoom in on the moon using the magnify button on the back of your Nikon. Then carefully focus on the craters.
3 Adjust as needed
Take a test shot, and adjust the ISO until the surface of the moon is correctly exposed. Remember that the moon will move quickly, so you may have to re-frame your shot.