When I first got my camera, I had very limited knowledge of shooting in manual mode. I’ve been reading every blog and book I could to learn how to take photos with “control.” One of my “control” issues was getting a nice bright shot under low light conditions. As stated before, I’m not a fan of flash and I avoid using it whenever I can.
A very popular photography blogger suggests cranking up your ISO to get “control” over your exposure.
I tried it and look what happened…..
1/60 sec @ ƒ/2.2 ISO 6400 50 mm cropped
This is my nephew Trey and I think he may be the most adorable baby I’ve ever met. He is always ready for the camera.
Just in case you didn’t believe me when I say it was dim in the room, here is a photo I took seconds before but my ISO was only 1000.
I cranked up my ISO to 6400 which is the maximum for my 50mm prime lens.
Since I’ve begun shooting in full manual mode, I never pushed my ISO above 800. The higher you push your ISO the more noise you create in your photo. Sometimes, that noise is almost unnoticeable and other times it’s blatantly obvious. I found a happy medium with this image.
A photo like this is great for the web but may not be that good for printing in large format.
I guess I wont be so shy when it comes to taking “control” of my exposure anymore.