Redbank, Australia

Live and work in Brisbane, Queensland and enjoy most types of photography but don’t do a lot of portraiture. / Always looking for...


Letting go of low ISO - a follow-up

Hi all,

I wrote in my last post about my obsession with ISO 100 and how I felt it was hindering my photography.

There are times when, I’m pleased to say, I’m correct. I’ve been back to the zoo and used auto ISO (max 800) and it allowed a much faster shutter speed which in turn allowed much sharper results.

Another thing learnt at the zoo – use shutter priority and ramp it up. That combined with a more liberal use of ISO really allowed me to achieve much better results.

I promise I won’t make too many ‘tips and hints’ posts, but thought I’d share this in case anyone else could take anything away from it.

Be good, or if you can’t, be good at it ;)


Letting go of low ISO

I don’t know if anyone else has this disorder, but I now realise I have it – I have a problem with letting go of low ISO.…

What do I mean, exactly? I am reticent about setting it higher than ‘100’. I think it’s because I’m worried noise will be introduced into the image and it won’t be usable in anything other than Facebook or as a profile thumbnail.

This was brought home to me when I went to a zoo on Saturday. I missed some opportunities for great images because ISO was on 100 and the shutter speed was too low to get an image (in some cases) or get a sharp image (in others). If I had set ISO to Auto (I have that programmed to max out at 800) in certain situations I would probably have got reasonably sharp images that would otherwise have been impossible.

Ultimately, it’s a question of

Random Rumblings

Well, today started with frustration.…

I have taken delivery of a Canon 85mm 1.8 and Canon 40mm STM and brought the body and these lenses to work to play with them at lunch. Unfortunately, as often happens, the @#$#ing eyecup fell off the extended eye piece (I find not having my face squished to the back of the body a comfort).

I will have to go to a local retailer and pay top dollar for another one and hope the original is in the bag I took the body from. If so, then at least I’ll have a spare (and 3 more coming from ebay at a bargain price).

Once I get the eyecup I hope to take a few shots on the way back to work, as I really want to see how these lenses perform (all reviews and information I could find when researching indicates they are great performers, so I want to see if I can mat

Update on the Mini PEN

I have to say that I’m continued to be impressed by the Mini PEN.…

I have been putting it through the hoops, including a very dark restuarant and shooting from a vehicle travelling at 100km/h. In both situations it’s produced good results in terms of sharpness and colours and temperature.

In Lightroom 4 the results are able to be cleaned up even more to produce very good images. My only gripe is with LR, not the camera or lens and that is the fact that LR doesn’t seem to auto-detect the lens so that I can’t use auto-detect lens correction and other features I’m used to with Canon SLR lenses.

I looked on the menu and it doesn’t list Panasonic as a brand, either, so maybe LR doesn’t have the code for micro four thirds lenses. If this is the case, I think Adobe should seriously think about

My new baby (camera)

After much deliberation and research I went out and purchased an Olympus Mini Pen (EPM-1) yesterday. I don’t intend this to replace my DSLR, but simply to have as an ‘always on me’ camera.…

I’ll post more entries as time permits, but at this stage, with the very little experimenting I’ve done with it, I’m impressed. Due to the fact the new model is just around the corner, I got the package (second battery and case included) for a good price and I can see why it got such good reviews – for what it is, at the price point it’s at, it’s a bloody good little camera!

I’d really recommend it for those stepping up from compact point and shoots – the auto setting will handle most things for you without any effort, including ‘motion’ and ‘blur’ sliders which essentially set the shutter and apertur

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