Full Moon Olympus Hi Res Shot
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How to Photograph the Moon using Olympus’ High Res Mode

Olympus OM-D cameras have a High Res Shot Mode that takes and stacks multiple exposures to produce a high resolution image of up to 80 MP.  This can produce a high resolution image of the moon without having to manually stack the images and it’s really easy to use.

I took the full moon photograph at the top of this blog post using the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III using the High Res Mode.  I used the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 lens with the 1.4x Teleconverter.  

High Res Shot Menu
High Res Shot Menu

Steps to Photograph the Moon in Olympus High Res Mode

  • In “Shooting Menu 2” select High Res Shot and select a delay time to take the exposure after the shutter button is pressed.  I used 8 seconds.  This will ensure there is no camera movement during the exposure.
  • Olympus has both handheld and tripod modes for their Hi Res shots.  Tripod mode allows for a higher MP image.  Select your mode below the delay time.  I used tripod mode.
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  • Press OK a couple of times to set the selection
  • In the Super Control Panel, Select High Res Shot in the Shooting Method.
  • Make sure you also select Spot Metering mode.  As long as your focus point is on the moon, you won’t blow out the whites in the moon.
High Res Shot Selection
High Res Shot Selection
  • Here are the other cameras settings that I used on my OM-D E-M1 mark III:  ISO 200, f/8.0, Aperture Priority, 1/320 of a second exposure time.

That’s all there is to it.

Written by Martin Belan

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