Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Assessing your camera's high ISO capability, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
As you should know by now, as you increase ISO, you also increase the amount of…noise in your image.…This means you can't just necessarily crank the ISO up until you get your…shutter speed down to where you want it.…If you do, you may end up with an unacceptable amount of ugly noise in your image.…Fortunately, these days, most new cameras offer very good noise response.…On my SLR, for example, I can go all the way up to ISO 400 with no perceptible…increase in noise, and I regularly shoot all the way up to ISO 3200 without…worrying about unacceptable noise in my final shots.…
Beyond that though, I find that my images simply get too grainy and noisy,…so I only use ISOs higher than 3200 when I absolutely have no other choice,…and I alter my expectations to assume that the images that I get will be…compromised by noise.…If all I am trying to do is document something then that's not a problem, but if…I am going for a high-quality fine-art level of output, then I know that I will…probably be disappointed above ISO 3200.…
Ben also shows how to obtain accurate color balance in tungsten and fluorescent lighting situations, and how to postprocess the images in Photoshop to remove noise caused by higher ISO settings. He also demonstrates accessories that can greatly expand your low-light photography options.
- Understanding how low light affects exposure, shutter speed, color temperature, and more
- Preparing for a low-light shoot
- Shooting in dimly lit rooms
- Using the flash indoors
- Shooting in the shade
- Taking flash portraits at night
- Controlling flash color temperature
- Focusing in low light
- Light painting
- Manipulating long shutter speeds
- Correcting white balance
- Brightening shadows
- Sharpening and noise reduction
Skill Level Intermediate
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1. Setting the Stage
2. Exposure Considerations
3. Scenario: A Dinner Party
4. Scenario: A Performance
5. Scenario: In a City
6. Scenario: Landscapes
7. Special Effects
8. Post-Processing Considerations
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