I'm brand new to this whole photography thing, having only owned a DSLR camera for a week, and slightly overwhelmed is an understatement for all that I have to learn about it! However, every new setting I play with and tricks I do learn get me really excited so I have to share them.
First off, here's a picture I took of the moon in all auto settings at 300mm on my zoom lens. I was less than impressed. It's a nice white circle, but it's not the moon I was looking for! And it's most definitely not the moon I saw while looking through the viewfinder to take that shot. I knew the camera could do better than this.
So I came back inside and hit Google. A quick "how to photograph the moon" search led me to this site, http://photographylife.com/how-to-photograph-moon, from Photography Life. Can you tell how much of an amateur I am? I read through the entire post, and then I popped open my camera's User Manual and started hunting down the settings it suggested.
After a few quick changes, I went back outside and snapped this photo.
Well now, that's much better! It's as close as I can get with my current lens, but I think it's pretty impressive considering the moon is over 200,000 miles away. It's clear I need to spend more time in manual learning the settings so hopefully I can do things like this in the future without Googling it first. Now, if only I didn't have to wait until April for my Nikon for Dummies book to be released!