slacktech

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

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 how much noise can I tolerate in an image. Even at ISO 800, a 60D can handle noise reduction to the point its’ almost neglible, so setting it to Auto in challenging environments will become much more commonplace for this little hobbyist. As in an aquarium recently, I may even have to crank it up higher than that at times.

I realise this should have been ‘common sense’, but I guess I was striving for perfection. The old adage is true, though – a less than perfect image is better than none at all.

Lesson learnt!

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