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.

You can use the code HIGHISO today and tomorrow for $10.00 your registration.

The code expires at midnight CST 3.1.16.


For current SnapShop Members, be sure to visit the site to access the new lesson!


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  • Oceana | Barefoot Beach Blonde - Great examples, I think that even a bit of grain is often better than the blow out that comes with most camera’s flash settings! I’m curious, are you a RAW shooter? Or do you shoot only JPEG?

  • jenw - I’m not a camera girl…but that last photo with LO blowing out the candles just really got to me. Boy 1 & 3 are clearly watching the candles. Girl 1 seems to be watching Daddy. And Chris…Chris is just watching his youngest with such an expression on his face. You ought to print that one out on canvas! It’s a keeper for sure!

  • Meg - I love this tip! I am excited to try it out. I bet this would be great around the campfire!

  • Jenny - Love this post! After having a couple of my favorite lenses stolen, I haven’t gotten back out with my camera for a while. It’s time I do, and this post was just the inspiration I needed. I couldn’t love your photography more.

  • Tammy - What jenw said. That picture took my breath away…the expression on Chris’s face brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart.

  • AshleyAnn - Oceana – I shoot jpeg. I really think RAW is only necessary if you are going to do a lot of editing. I don’t have time or interest in doing tons of editing. Jpeg is smaller file size too, so it works for me. I do shoot RAW for certain things – really difficult light in a never happen again moment (for example: capturing a baby being born in a dark hospital room).

  • Oceana | Barefoot Beach Blonde - Thanks for your response Ashely. Yes I only started shooting RAW recently but I’ve become a little addicted to it! I think it might be time to get back to JPEG for a change 🙂 Thanks for your tips!

  • Jenny B. - Loved this lesson! The majority of my shots are high ISO since I’m always taking pictures inside my house. The ability to use high ISO without getting a lot of grain is the main reason I bought my Canon 6D. 🙂 I’ve been shooting RAW for quite a while, and I edit (in Adobe Camera Raw) every picture I plan to print. I appreciate being able to fine tune the photos, especially for white balance. The files are HUGE, though, and I’m considering going back to jpg since my hard drive is FULL. 🙂