What ISO Should Be Used When Photographing in a Nightclub?

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Photographing in a nightclub always requires you to pay close attention to your lighting and in particular the ISO you're shooting with. Learn which ISO you should be using when photographing in a nightclub with help from a 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 the best ISO to shoot photography in a nightclub with. Now if you are shooting photography professionally like if you are getting paid for it, I wouldn't rely strictly on boosting the ISO. Use something like an onboard flash to bring up the luminosity in the club rather than relying on bumping up your ISO. Basically when you raise your ISO, it's going to bring more grain into the image. The more grain that comes into your image, the less quality you're going to have, so the lower you can keep your ISO, the better for nice quality pictures. Now if you're just trying to capture the moment and the quality doesn't necessarily matter, feel free to bump that ISO up to an 800 to 1,000 to possibly in the 1,200 range and you will be absolutely fine. But if you're looking to get some nice quality images at this nightclub what you're going have to do is get really creative. Get creative with the placement of your people. What you're going to want to do, maybe don't take the picture right in the middle of the dance floor where it's real dark. Maybe go close to the bar or just somewhere in the club where light already exists and use it to your fullest advantage. This is going to give you some nice quality images. Otherwise feel free to boost your ISO up just to capture the moment. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.


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