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I am a total amateur and I want to take a picture of the

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I am a total amateur and I want to take a picture of the blood moon on September 27-28, 2015 with a brand new Nikon D3200 camera and a Nikkor AF-DX, 55-300 lens which I will purchase on Saturday, September 26th at my Walmart store. Can you take me through the entire settings procedure, so that I can print out the directions from turning it on to taking the pictures of the moon with a tripod I already own?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.


Mount the camera on the tripod

Turn the camera on

Set the lens Auto/Manual (A/M or AM/M) to M (Manual) (Attached Photo 1)

Rotate the mode dial to M

Rotate the Command Dial (Attached Photo 2) to set the Shutter Speed to 1/15

Press the Button (Attached Photo 2) and rotate the Command Dial to set the Aperture to f22

Focus the shot (see photo 1). You can go to infinity and tweak it from there.

Set the ISO (Sensitivity) to 100. (see photo 3)

Take a few shots and adjust the Shutter Speed up/faster (1/30, 1/60...etc) if the shot is overexposed or down/slower if the image is not bright enough.

In order to reduce camera shake, you can put the camera in Self Timer mode so the shutter fires 2 seconds after you press the shutter release. (see Photo 4)

It would be nice to see a couple of your shots when you are done.

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Thank you

Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.

It appears that the photos load, out of order. Sorry for the confusion.

Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.

Good morning,

How did your shots turn out?