Take It From Me: Photography: Understanding ISO (Guest Post)

March 27, 2013

Photography: Understanding ISO (Guest Post)

Wow! Thank you so much for letting me be a guest blogger on such an amazing blog! 

I am very excited to be a part of this! 

First of all, let me tell you a little about me and Eternal Reflections Photography. 

International Award Winning photographers, Radelle & myself (Kari) are the ladies behind Eternal Reflections Photography; Edmonton’s premier wedding photography studio. Serving both Vancouver & Edmonton, their view of wedding photography is romantic, soft with a dash of glamour. Eternal Reflections is best known for its romantic style being fused with a very fashion-inspired elegance. 

Their weddings have been published in the most prestigious wedding magazines and blogs world wide & was one of the Most Inspiring Photographers of 2011 by Wedding Bells and are considered one of Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style elite vendors. Our wedding photography has taken us all around the globe- Italy, Japan, Hawaii, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Mexico numerous times.

I am married to the man of my dreams & am a huge fan of love and a strong believer in marriage.

I hope you find these helpful tips and pieces of advice helpful- no matter what camera you are shooting with. 

Learning how to shoot MANUAL:

One of the best things you could learn is how to shoot manual. This allows you to have 100% complete control over your camera. You will be adjusting the ISO, Shutterspeed and Aperature on your own. 

When people shoot in auto, the camera calls the shots. But ladies, it’s time to put on your big girl undies and reign in and control that camera! Once you have learned how to shoot manual, the possibilities are endless! 
These are the ‘basics’... we need to know them before we go into anything else. 

(for those with point and shoot cameras and not DSLR’s, keep reading, you may find something very helpful!) 

So today, discuss ISO. 

Its so important to understand what ISO does. It is basically the ‘film speed’ that your camera is going to use- even though your camera is digital. Remember the first rule of ISO: THE LOWER THE BETTER. If we were actually using film cameras, and chose a high film speed, this would make the photo much brighter and lighter, however it will come at a price- NOISE, it will look as though there is a grittiness or graininess over the image. This is the same concept even though we are using digital cameras. 

Sometimes you don’t notice it unless you zoom your photo in . But you can take my word for it- if you shot at a high ISO number, you will see it. Depending on the camera you are using, some deal with higher ISO’s better than others. But you need to learn to work with the camera you’ve got. So, test out your camera and go into a ‘low light’ space in your house and see at what point your photos start to look grainy and what the sweet spot for your camera is (bringing light to the image without the grain).
ISO is one of the last things you will adjust on your camera- you want to keep it as low as possible.

I am going to totally feel like a mom saying this, but, "practice makes perfect”. The only way you will improve your camera skills is by actually using them (and this is where my husband would use his analogy of working out and muscles ect...He somehow finds a way to use this analogy for everything!!)

Lastly, Remember to have fun! 

Next time we will be covering shutter speed & aperture. 

Later kitty cats! -Kari

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