How to use ISO effectively?

ISO directly connected to the light available and the brightness or exposure of the image

ISO numbers denote the light responding capacity of the image sensor in a given situation. Higher the ISO the image sensor responds effectively even in light conditions and forms a bright image.

Higher ISOs result in noisy images and these digital noise is noticeable when we enlarge the picture and print them. On the other hand, low ISO settings will give good quality images without digital noise. Images for professional applications are shot using low ISO.

Low light needs a higher ISO settings like, 800,1600, so on

Bright light needs a lower ISO setting like, 100 and 200

Higher ISO settings are generally used in relatively dark indoors.

Lower ISO settings are generally used in relatively bright out-doors.

We can also use, higher ISOs when we are using faster shutter speed to freeze fast moving subjects

We can also use Higher ISOs when we are using aperture like f/16, f/11 for greater depth of field.

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Our viewer shares his thoughts on the video by KLR the photo guru YouTube channel

Steve Mellor Photo Vlogger: You know, ISO is often the thing that gets left out of the exposure triangle. We’re constantly talking about shutter speed and aperture but I’ve seen a lot of photographers really rely on those higher ISO settings to get their shots. That said, from my experience, I wouldn’t go higher than 6400 on the cameras I’ve used, unless shooting Astrophotography. But, this is a really important subject that people need to know if they’re starting out or if they’re moving from traditional film to digital (of course, that is less likely now but does still happen).

Tips to avoid Camera Shake

Camera shake or handshake is a basic problem in many of the beginners’ photos.
Use faster shutter speeds….this is decided based on the lighting condition and the focal length of the lens used.

  • 1.Use the shutter speed higher than the reciprocal of the focal length. Ie. If we are shooting with a 50mm range, the shutter speed has to be atleast 1/60secs and 200mm range, then it should be 1/250secs
  • Use higher ISO settings.
  • Use large aperture (f/4, f/2.8) settings
  • Use IS or VR options ON on your lens or camera.
  • Use the camera on a sturdy tripod. When you are shooting in low light condition, and not able to stick on to the reciprocal principle.
  • For long exposure and bulb settings, use a remote shutter release to trigger the shutter button.
  • Use total flash exposure…flash can easily freeze the action

Enjoy photography….

5 Advantages of APS-C cropped sensor cameras

5 Advantages of APS-C cropped sensor cameras:

  1. Small size sensor makes the camera small, light-weight and affordable – good for travel and casual candid photography
  2. The lenses for crop sensor cameras are relatively less expensive
  3. The optical performance of any lens is better towards the center, and when you get an image cropped from the center, it has got a lesser optical problem
  4. The crop factor of the focal length of the lens makes you get the image closer than the full frame equivalent. A 50mm lens will give a coverage of 75mm when used on the APS-C cameras.
  5. Small sensor cameras can shoot closer – it possible to focus closer and get a macro like shots. 18-55mm kit lens can focus as close as three inches..!
    Never worry about your crops sensor camera…it has got its own advantage…enjoy photography

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5 Reasons to study Photography

Photography is always an aspiring career option for anyone interested in the art of seeing and storytelling. It has become a stable profession now…as the need for a good photographer is in high demand.

There are a lot of photographers earning higher than the standard academic persons doing routine jobs.

Most important quality to pursue and be successful in photography is ‘passion for the art’ A passionate person can dedicate his/her time effectively in learning and become useful.

They must be willing to work 24X7 with a target to achieve

Though photography is a lot of fun, it should be learned and practiced seriously. Persons with an artistic bent of mind and who think out of the box have a better chance to become successful professionals.
In the present scenario, they must be willing to learn throughout their life and update the technology and trend.

There is nothing like ‘self taught’ in photography. We pick up lot of information from other photographers and their photos. Internet, You-tube, books, are other sources photographers learn and update. This helps the self taught photographers to do some trial and error basis learning. But as the need of today, a good photography school can help the students in the following five ways.

  1. The learners are given ample scope to understand all the possible technics and art through the structured curriculum
  2. A formal education gives lot of self confidence and helps to solve the problems thrown at them quickly and efficiently.
  3. A formal education makes learning fast and reduces the possibilities of mistakes that happens otherwise. For example, a phot ographer who has attended a formal course will be able to master the technics, art and business in a couple of years. Whereas, others may take years to achieve the same through a lot of trials and guess work.
  4. Most importantly, a good photography school can give hands-on experience on some of the expensive and rare state of the art equipment, facilities, special skills and real time job experience.
  5. A formal education gives an opportunity to develop contacts and network for business developments in the initial stage of the career.

These opportunities may or may not happen even after a long time for a self-learned photographer.

The pictures featured in the video have been shot by the students of Ambitions 4 Photography Academy and Mr.KL Raja Ponsing.

These opportunities may or may not happen even after a long time for a self-learned photographer.

Kodak V348 video light -Review

  • Size: 174 X 123 X 19mm
  • Number of LEDs: 348 true colour LEDs
  • Power out put: 25watts
  • Colour temperature: 3200-5500K dedicated colour temperature control
  • Battery: F550 / F770 / F970 with battery power indicator
  • DC power 7.2 to 9.0 volts

Can be used on the DSLR or Mirror less flash mounts

  • Can be tilted from the mounted position.
  • Can be used on regular tripod stands
  • Comes with a built in sliding diffuser for better light quality
  • Application: Good for YouTube bloggers, news, editorial and documentary video production as a main light. Can also be used as a fill-light with other LED lights.
  • Plus: Size, weight and built quality Consistency in out put Battery compatibility With batteries, can be comfortably used in the out doors Good light for simple video production and value for money