When to Use Low ISO in Photography

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Low ISO photography is great, but it may not be appropriate for all subjects and conditions. Find out when to use low ISO in photography with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Today, I'd like to talk to you about when is a good idea to shoot with a low ISO in photography. Now, me personally, I shoot with as low of an ISO as I possibly can every single time I shoot. Now, the reason for this is, the lower your ISO, the less grain you're going to have in your image. Now, me personally, I like to capture as clean of an image as I possibly can and then if I want to add some grain for, for an effect or to get a certain feel for them, I'll just do that in post production. Now, some of you may not want to do it in post production or some of you maybe doing, shooting film. So, here are a couple of tips. If you're going to be in a low light situation, possibly indoors or towards a late evening situation, you're going to want a higher ISO, anywhere from 500 to a 1000 should do and this will help you not have an underexposed image. Now, the opposite of that is if you're going to be shooting, say outdoors on a bright sunny day or just a very well-lit room, you're going to want to have a lower ISO; anywhere from 100 to 500. And now, this will help prevent having an overexposed image. But again, what I personally do is is shoot with as low of an ISO as I possibly can every single time. Now, that's just a few tips on choosing a low ISO in photography. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.


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