ISO 1000 & above {new SnapShop lesson}


ISO1000This weekend I published a new lesson in the SnapShop site: ISO 1000 & Above {examples of the process}

I thought I would share an excerpt from the lesson with a few of the photo examples and their settings here today.

In general the lowest ISO setting you can use, the better. As you increase your ISO, you increase the grain in your photos and often the colors become dull. Every camera handles ISO differently, but the goal of a low ISO is typically across the board. However, using a high ISO does not mean you automatically have a less than ideal shot. There are plenty of times that the ability to increase your ISO results in capturing a photo that you will treasure.

Below are several photos that I used an ISO of 1000 or higher. Using a high ISO is not limited to only indoor settings without natural light. Sometimes bumping your ISO outside in good light allows you to get the shot you want.

50mm, ISO 3200, 1/100, f/2.0


50mm, ISO 2000, 1/125, f/1.8

highISO-0350mm, ISO 2000, 1/160, f/2.0


85mm, ISO 1000, 1/100, f/1.8


50mm, ISO 1000, 1/320, f/2.8


24mm, ISO 1250, 1/60, f/14


35mm, ISO 2000, 1/60, f/1.4


34mm, ISO 1600, 1/50, f/2.8


Since we often hear to avoid high ISO settings, many quickly jump to turn on their flash. Before defaulting to your flash, I would take a moment to consider what will help you best communicate your story: would more bright light help or would a high ISO? Knowing the goal of your photo will help you determine when to use a high ISO and when to use a flash.

In the SnapShop lesson, I walk through each setting and why I chose it for each photo. In addition to these photos, I also share several other favorites using high ISO settings. For more information on my photography courses (SnapShop) and how to register you can click below. I add new lessons each month on a variety of photography related topics.




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