How to Select ISO Speed

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The ISO speed that you use when photographing plays a very important role in how your photographs are going to come out. Learn how to properly select an ISO speed 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 lets talk about how to select your ISO. Well the most simplest way I can tell you this is say it's a bright, hot, sunny day and you are trying to pick your ISO. Take it as low as you can possibly go. Go for a 100. That will actually allow a lot less light to come into the camera and what that's going to do is give you a lot more freedom when selecting your shutter speed or your aperture. Now say you are in a low light situation you are going to do the opposite of that. Go ahead and boost that ISO up a little bit. But don't take it too high cause it may get a little grainy. Now when it comes to actually physically selecting it there's usually a dedicated ISO button on your digital SLR. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.

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