ISO | Using natural light and shooting in low light situations
ISO- do you remember film days? You would walk down the film aisle and have the choice of 100 speed film…200, 400 and maybe 800 speed film?
Well ISO is just that…a sensor inside your camera…thanks to technology we can change our ISO for each picture if you wanted to (but don’t worry you don’t have to!!!)…unlike film days where you were stuck with 400 speed for at least 24 images!!
Many ask me what my favorite lens for low light situations and I have to say I always find myself going right back to my 50mm 1.2 lens because that aperture can open up wide and my camera has an unbelievable ISO setting all the way to 6400 which is amazing! Then a tripod is always super beneficial, unless you are always wanting to juggle it on the fence, rock or car hood. Anytime you shoot in low light you will want to have your camera stable because hand held gets tricky.
Here are my favorite picks for low light equipment!
ISO is the first thing I suggest setting when you are figuring out your settings to shoot in manual mode. ISO will not change often unless you are going from a dark scenario to a light scenario.
Another words if you are shooting your family enjoying the day at the beach, more than likely you will be there for a few hours…so your ISO will be set and not change during that time.
ISO is just another way to manipulate light and get a good exposure. Within the exposure triangle your have ISO, aperture and shutter speed. In our digital cameras we have a sensor that we tell the ISO to be set to. This sensor will help create more light or less light when light hits the sensor inside your camera body.
#1 if you are shooting in low light- you will want your ISO at a higher number- this higher number gives your image more light. Low light meaning in your home where there isn’t a lot of available light, inside a building that isn’t well lit, at dusk when you are taking a walk or during the opening of presents at christmas time and the room is lit by the tree.
#2 if you are shooting in a lot of available light you will want your ISO at a low number- the lower number keeps light from the sensor, therefore keeping your image properly exposed. A lot of available light would be outside during the day or even in a very well lit, bright auditorium.
This sounds basic to some of you, but it’s the first step in getting a well exposed image when shooting in manual mode.
Hi I’m Erin a Southern mama from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers capture their kiddos and life, talking all things home, parenting and how we navigate through life. You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our little two year old, Miss E, in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure, love to travel, involved in ministry at our church and in between all of that still find time to have a regular date night together! Follow me at: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST