Lots of fun stuff to play around with here. I was just reviewing raw Apollo 15 mission footage available from NASA, which I've found here: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a15/a15.html under "Vid/Mov Clips" (it's all in Real and MPEG format, obviously all done way back in the 90's). In viewing one, namely http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a15/a15v.1200916.mpg , I have seen something worth bringing up in response to one of the many common hoax claims. At the first link I have, we find:
Watch the film sequence to the left (http://www.ufos-aliens.pwp.blueyonde...lo11shadows.rm) that has both movie and still pictures to compare the difference. It's interesting to note that the still photos seem to have Aldrin brightly lit, in comparison to the gloomy motion picture images that had the special night lens on it? It appears that artificial lighting was used or has been added to the still photos to show better features on Aldrin's suit and the Lunar Lander. Because of the lack of atmosphere on the surface of the Moon, the shadows would be intensely black.
As illustrated in the above motion picture, why is there such a vast difference in the light from the two cameras, unless the still shots were lit by artificial lighting? NASA have said that no lighting was taken to the Moon, but this cannot be true when you view the evidence. The still pictures seem to show that Aldrin is being artificially lit as he descends the ladder.
If you look at my Apollo 15 video from the ALSJ above, however, you can see this in the video:
as the camera is being set up in the LEM shadow. Perfectly consistent. But then, I'm comparing Apollo 15 to 11, am I not? Better hunt down alternative Apollo 11 video to compare as well:
^ View from inside the LEM showing the same "small step for man" as you see in the "gloomy" black and white video. You can see that Armstrong is actually quite well-lit. The "gloomy" black and white is not a very high quality image, obviously, and the brightness of the sun-lit lunar surface in the background isn't very good for the foreground shadow illumination of the craft and Armstrong.
Anyway, to sum it up, in every photograph and video of the landings, the spacecraft and astronauts are all pretty well-lit in the shadows thanks to the reflection from the lunar surface. It also helps, actually, that the lunar surface reflects light most brightly back towards the light source! Thanks to this effect, there is actually a lot of light reflecting back into the shadows. This phenomenon is also visible in every "down-sun" photo and video from the missions. I have to go to Aulis Online to find this one addressed:
Editor's Note: The anomalous 'halo' around the photographer's shadow is a recurring effect in many Apollo photographs.
That "halo effect" is the regolith reflecting sunlight back most intensely towards the sun. It makes a full moon extra bright, and helps illuminate shadowed surfaces. The effect is called "Heiligenschein" and can be seen in grass as well: