I was shooting a night time photo of the moon and when i looked at my finished product i saw that the moon was a glowing ball instead of the shape i saw through the lense. would anyone mind giving me a tip on reducing this glare and glow?
Your exposure was too long. the meter read the dark surround and exposure was based accordingly.
Try iso 100 at F11, 1/125 and bracket 1/2 stop over and under. The use of a tripod is neccessary.
You can also use the sunny F16 rule and bracket. The moon is in sunlight so the exposure would be just as if you were shooting during the day.
A technique I really like is to catch a moonset at dawn. Exposure is easier to control with a less contrasty subject, and I think a pale blue sky makes a nicer background without obscuring detail. All this, of course, assuming that you have a clear sky and catch it at the right time. Use your longest lens, a tripod, and bracket like crazy......
Thanks for the tip. I took some photos of the moon last night when the sky was lighter, a light blue like you mentioned. We'll see how they come out. I'm just starting out in this hobby. I have the creativity but not the know how with the equipment yet.
OK, just keep shooting and eventually something will come out right. I forgot to mention that I posted an attachment on my first response, as an example of what I was talking about.....
Also consider taking shots of the moon around sunset. I've found the following site to be useful for planning: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneDay.html
This tells the moon and sunset time for any day.