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Why Does ISO Impact Dynamic Range?

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Why Does ISO Impact Dynamic Range?

Most photographers avoid using high ISOs in certain situations—when shooting macro images, or landscapes, for example. But if you ask the average photographer why she avoids those higher ISOs, you’ll probably get a fairly limited reply. “Noise,” or more generally speaking, “quality” are the reasons most people will give for avoiding high ISOs, but did you know that there’s more to quality than just noise?
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Start Using High ISOs!

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Start Using High ISOs!

There are some things about photography that remain as true today as they were 100 years ago. Narrow apertures produce photos with broad depth of field, for example, while wide apertures produce images with shallow depth of field. Fast shutter speeds freeze action, slow shutter speeds create motion blur. And high ISOs create images with noise or grain, while low ISOs do not. Except that the last one isn’t really true anymore—but people still think it is. Read on to learn more. Continue Reading »

Why You Shouldn’t Increase ISO Too Far

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Why You Shouldn’t Increase ISO Too Far

Modern digital camera technology has blessed us with something we never used to have: noise-free, high ISO photos.

Cameras have come so far in their ability to capture images at high ISOs that camera manufacturers have started to really use this as a selling point. You’ll often see modern DSLR cameras advertised as being capable of ISOs of 25,600, or even as high as 128,000. In fact it’s kind of like the new megapixel (and contrary to popular belief, high megapixels aren’t necessarily better). But should you really use this as a reason to purchase or not purchase a digital camera?
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5 Reasons To Switch To a Camera with Low Noise and High ISO

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5 Reasons To Switch To a Camera with Low Noise and High ISO

Do you know what nirvana looks like to a digital camera photographer? High ISO photos with low noise. Until recently, that’s been almost impossible – as you increase the ISO further, more and more noise appears in your image. However, cameras have started to arrive in the consumer market that sport this wonderful feature. And as I’ll explain, being able to shoot with low noise at a high ISO will dramatically increase the options available to you as a photographer.
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Your Camera’s Settings: ISO Speed

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Your Camera’s Settings: ISO Speed

Shooting in low light situations is difficult. It presents a combination of problems for which there is no single quick fix. You can decrease the shutter speed, but if you don’t have a tripod, your image will be blurry. You can bring a flash with you, but if you’re too close to your subject, you’ll overexpose the shot. And you can always open up the aperture, but when you do that, you lose your depth of field.
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ISO Explained!

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ISO Explained!

You are probably familiar with ISO on film used in a film camera. It’s the ‘speed’ of the film – higher ISO values mean you can take photos in lower light.

But what about in the digital world?
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