06-17-2020 08:53 PM
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06-19-2020 01:03 AM
There's a few things that can help, but the types of shots you are describing tend to be a little difficult to get right even with a more advanced camera.
There are a couple things you can do to increase your keeper rate however. The first would be to stay out of the 4x digital zoom range as often as possible. Digital zoom crops into the camera's image sensor and degrades the image so it should only be used when you absolutely have to see closer and cannot crops in the computer. Second, keep in mind that all autofocus systems depend on contrast, the variance of light and dark areas with defined lines. Speaking from my own experience photographing lizards in my garden, they naturally blend into their environment to stay safe from predators so it is often very difficult to achieve good focus on them specifically. The lizards in my garden are varying degrees of brown and gray just like the dirt and rocks here in New Mexico so other than manually focusing, you may try backing up or zooming out just a little and trying to focus on something close to the lizard which has greater contrast. If they tend to hang out in the same or similar area all the time you might even consider bringing a small contrasty object with you as a focus reference point. Something like a small sheet of paper with writing on it would do the job.
The lens will also let in less light the further in you zoom which will also impact the focus accuracy, and the relative brightness of the moon compared to the night sky can make proper exposures very difficult, but if you set the camera to "P" and move the exposure compensation down to -1 or -2 you may find your moon photos come out better as well.
The types of photos you are mentioning can definitely be a challenge for a little camera like this, and if you intend to take these types of photos often you may have better results with something more advanced like an EOS Rebel T7i or EOS M50. These have more advanced optics, focusing systems and more manual functionality which will allow you to really dig in and make much better images than what the automated functions of your Powershot will do but if this is more of a one-time thing then the suggestions above would be your best bet at getting more "keeper" shots.