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The Importance Of Setting Your ISO

The Importance Of Setting Your ISO

From time to time we love to help our followers learn about their camera’s

We get asked from time to time how we control the lighting of our photos, especial at wedding receptions where the light is so low. Well first off practice practice practice and working in the ISO setting of your camera. Each photographer likes to shoot in different settings that will allow different effects to show on their images. There is no wrong way!

So what is ISO you ask?

Over our 10 years in the Indianapolis Wedding Photography field we have mastered the ISO which is simple put a meter that measures the sensitivity of the image sensor. The lower the number the less sensitive your camera is to light, which creates a slight grain to your final image. When you go with higher ISO settings this will give you higher and faster shutter speeds for capturing dark images which is used in low light. Example is wedding receptions where the light is low and people are dancing so you need to freeze the action at a faster speed so the subjects are more clear, with slower speeds you will have a fuzzy image if they are singing and dancing.

Speed Examples

  • ISO 100 – 1 second
  • ISO 200 – 1/2 of a second
  • ISO 400 – 1/4 of a second
  • ISO 800 – 1/8 of a second
  • ISO 1600 – 1/15 of a second
  • ISO 3200 – 1/30 of a second

Keep in mind that every time you double the ISO settings the camera needs only about half as much light as before in the same exposure. This is why high settings work so well in indoor settings, and keeping a slightly faster speed on the shutter in the need of stopping the action with out blur. Higher ISO will add grain to the image so the sensitivity level needs to be as close to the exposure of your surroundings so you can provide your client with the highest quality image possible! With all that being said, most cameras have a auto ISO setting which is getting better and better as technology increases. But it will never be as good as understanding what your eyes can visually see!

So go outside grab your camera and start taking some photographs, the only way to master your camera is to give it a try and practice! Each camera has a different image capture lens so all cameras will react differently in different light settings! Take some picture at sunset, indoors, sport events, at birthday parties or just when you are taking a walk in the park. Practice will make it so you can really learn to correctly capture the light in your photography!