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ISO is the measurement of the camera's sensor/film sensitivity to light. It is one of the 3 ways to create a well exposed image (The other two being Aperture and Shutter Speed). Typically, a higher ISO for a correctly exposed image will result in the image being more noisy/grainy.

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What is the highest acceptable ISO to use for weddings with Canon 7D?

I recently had my first wedding shoot(yippie!). For a person like me who usually shoot still life and landscape, weddings is a whole new world. I am used to shooting at low ISO's (800 or less) but the ...
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For night photography with lots of unexposed areas, should I go with high iso and low exposure, or low iso and high exposure?

I have been doing so much research on iso, and for awhile I've been going with the theory that low iso= less noise, so I've been shooting at iso 100 and then adjusting my flashlights and increasing ...
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Can we always talk about noise difference between crop and full frame?

Let's say we have two systems: 1) full-frame camera, 80 mm lens at f/2.2 2) APS-C camera, 50 mm lens at f/1.4 The subject is the same, as well as the camera position, focus distance, shutter speed ...
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How to take a moving object(far distance) in outdoor low light situation?

It's always been tricky to me how to take a far distance picture(moving) in a low light situation. I don't think flashlight would help in this case since it can't reach to the moving object. For ...
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High ISO or faster lens for a distant evening portrait?

There's a kid in the apartment across the street from my west-facing house. She comes out to their balcony at about 5pm. It's a delight to see her play and I have often tried to capture her smile, but ...
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What ISO should I use on my Nikon D5200 to avoid visible noise in 4×6 prints?

I recently bought a Nikon D5200. For several of the photos taken the ISO setting I have used has been high — in the range of 1000 to 4000 (most of them were in poor light, without flash and in manual ...
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What is the best order to set exposure parameters (ISO, aperture, shutter)? [duplicate]

Let's say that you're in a very controlled environment, there is no hurry to get the shot, and you're shooting manual. In order to correctly expose the photo, what order should you alter the ISO (if ...
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Can someone give a simple explanation of ISO?

Can someone please explain to me what ISO means in the camera settings. In an answer to a question about taking pictures at a dance party, I was told to use ISO 1600. What does that number really ...
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Should higher ISOs really be preferred (all other things being equal)?

My understanding of the ISO setting on digital cameras is that, unlike film-cameras, changing the ISO does not evoke any physical change in the camera. Rather, it simply tells the camera to multiply ...
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Image stabilization versus ISO speed

I want to do hand-held, natural-light photography in low-light situations, e.g. inside a room with a small window on a rainy day. No tripod, no flash. I assume that compared to a tripod, image ...
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Does micro 4/3 have an advantage in low light due to aperture equivilence?

Recent Micro Four/Thirds sensors seem to have improved their noise performance significantly. I own a Canon 5D Mark 2 full frame DSLR and am considering purchasing an Olympus OM-D EM5 micro four ...
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Why doesn't the Nikon D90 use ISO lower than 200 in very bright areas? [duplicate]

I've got a D-90 Nikon and a f1.4 lens and I've found in very bright areas like beaches in the Caribbean, when I have the camera doing auto ISO and speed and fixed f-stop, sometimes I get overexposed ...
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Why is high speed (ISO) film more expensive than low speed film?

And why is film much more expensive than paper? Is it the silver content? Production volume? Does is it take more effort to produce larger grain?
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What are the biases in daytime and nighttime landscape mode?

What are the biases in day and nighttime landscape auto modes in terms of aperture, iso and shutter speeds?
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Why isn't expanded ISO settings (L / ISO50) enabled on Canon DSLR's by default?

It bothers me a bit when I have to hunt through menus to find the 'enable expanded ISO settings' setting in my 5D mkIII. I'd like to know why the low ISO's are disabled however and if there is any ...
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Is it better to shoot with a higher ISO, or use lower ISO and raise the exposure in post-processing?

Suppose there are two photos taken in the following scenario: Scenario 1 - Photo taken using ISO of 3200. Scenario 2 - Photo taken using ISO of 100. Both photos are taken in a medium light ...
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Why is a low base (minimum) ISO desirable in stills cameras?

Why is low base ISO so desirable in stills cameras, when the opposite seems to be true for digital motion picture cameras, for instance Arri Alexa, Sony F65 and F55, Canon C300, C500? As an amateur ...
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Why is my ISO so high in auto mode?

New user of a Canon 7D - less than 50 shots taken. Last night, I needed to take a quick picture of something that was on my cell phone with my Canon 7D I propped the phone up against a white pillow ...
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Can ISO vary on different cameras?

We all know that [ISO] + [shutter speed] + [aperture] = a great picture. Now, let's take two different (very!) cameras: Nikon D3100 vs Nikon D800 and set them on Aperture priority. Settings for the ...
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What does ISO stand for? [duplicate]

I've recently been learning how to use a camera, and was wondering what ISO stood for?
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Why does a higher ISO hinder higher video bitrates in Magic Lantern? [closed]

With Magic Lantern it's possible to increase the video bitrate up to a point your memory card can no longer keep up and Magic Lantern will notify your recording has stopped. While i can understand ...
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Why does EV increase as ISO increases?

From what I understand, the lower the EV value, the more exposed (bright) the image is. EV decreases as aperture decreases. More light gets in with lower apertures. EV decreases as shutter speed ...
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When determining exposure, is ISO typically taken into consideration secondary to aperture and shutter speed or is it equally as important?

In other words, do professional photographers typically pick the aperture and shutter speed they want and then after those are picked adjust the ISO until their exposure meter shows the shot as being ...
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Why does the ISO change with the shooting mode when the aperture and shutter speed are constant and using a flash?

I have a canon 60d, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens, and a Canon Speedlite 430EX II TTL flash. I like to use the manual modes, such as Av and Tv but I am having some difficulties when using the ...
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Why doesn't a Medium Format camera exist with good performance at high ISO?

I have had a look at enough medium format offerings, but all the products seems to offer many megapixels and poor performance at high ISOs. Why doesn't a brand exist to offer slightly lower ...
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Film ISO and Push/Pull Processing

I am looking to start shooting film and have been having a look a different 35mm film. What confuses me is film that can be shot at different ISOs/exposure bias. For example Kodak says that Portra 800 ...
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Wedding cameras - disposable or ebay compacts + film

For a wedding I was thinking of trying to get some better quality disposable cameras. The highest ISO disposables seem to be 800 colour or 400 B&W (I would like to get a mix of colour and ...
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Why shoot a daylight outdoor photo at high iso? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any situations in which it makes sense to raise the ISO in bright daylight? I was looking at this image (from From Reuters blog ...
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Is noise related to shutter speed as well as ISO?

I understand that as I increase ISO, I'll increase the amount of noise in the resulting image. With a constant aperture I can decrease ISO and slow the shutter speed (assume a non-moving subject, ...
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What is so special about ISO 1600?

I have heard many times that to minimize noise, the highest ISO you want to use is ISO 1600, and that no matter what camera or sensor you use, once you have passed this (ISO 1600) threshold, the noise ...
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Why is the amount of photos that fit on one card dependent on ISO?

I have a Canon 550D with a 16GB SD card. I noticed that, when in P-mode, if I choose an ISO of 100 I can shoot 595 raw files on an empty card. If I choose an ISO of 200 this is 590. And if I choose ...
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How can a newer camera increase ISO while decreasing pixel size?

I am a bit confused as I am considering to upgrade my canon 350D to 600D. The pixel size has reduced from 6.4 microns to 4.3 microns, however, top ISO has increased from 1600 to 6400. How did that ...
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Why is there an ISO setting when shooting raw?

Raw files are supposed to contain mostly unprocessed data from the sensor. What's the point of having an ISO setting if it doesn't affect the amount of photons counted, but only provides ...
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What exercises can I do with a fully automatic compact camera to help me learn?

I own a Nikon Coolpix L120 camera. It's fully automatic. I am really interested in photography. Can anyone suggest me some exercises or experiments to do with this camera so that I can make a good use ...
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Best film and shutter speed for Mansfield Skylark

My daughter picked up an old Mansfield Skylark camera at a yard sale. Can anyone recommend a film type/speed and shutter speed for overcast daylight conditions? The shutter speeds are simply 'B' ...
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Can you tell how effective a camera's high ISO images are from the specs?

My current camera, a Canon 50D has OK image quality at 1600 ISO and its not really very usable above that. I know that all the manufacturers publish an ISO range for their bodies. But just because ...
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Variable ISO Sensor: Possible and/or Useful?

This answer to the question about how ISO is implemented in digital cameras seems to imply that each photosite (i.e., pixel) can have its ISO set independently. If this is true, then I would think ...
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Night-time football game under field lights

I am shooting a little league football game at night under the field lights for the first time amd I have a few questions to ask. I will be using the Canon EOS 60D camera with a Canon 24-70mm 1:2.8 L ...
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When is high ISO noise not noticeable?

I noticed that sometimes when taking pictures with my D5100, they come out with very little visible noise with ISO 800 and up, for example this picture. It was taken at ISO 1600 if I remember ...
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Why is sensor sensitivity called “ISO”?

I was curious to know how the term "ISO" was coined for referring the image sensor's sensitivity. Is there any reason or circumstance that contributed for terming "ISO"? Also, does ISO has a literal ...
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Can ultra-high ISO ever yield good results? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is high ISO useful for photography? My camera can apparently extend to really high ISO's, however I see serious noise over 2,000 ISO at any shutter/apeture combination. ...
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how the camera determines correct aperture and ISO in bulb mode?

Consider that the camera is in shutter priority and the exposure time is set to bulb mode. Now the camera doesn't know how long the shutter is going to be open in advance and so how does the camera ...
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How to calculate f-stop and ISO equivalents for a Lomography Spinner 360°?

In this review, there's this paragraph explaining f-stop and ISO equivalents: The two aperture settings are marked with the sunny and cloudy symbols which equate to f16 and f8.0 respectively ...
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Noise Issue / Canon 5D Mark II [closed]

Just curious if anyone can help with this? I am using a Canon 5D Mark II and it seams to be having noise issues at ISO 250 and up and especially at ISO 400? What is going on? In low light when my ...
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Why is the lowest ISO always 100?

The lowest ISO on digital cameras always seems to be 100. It would sometimes be useful to have much lower ISOs, mainly for long exposure photography. What isn't there any 50, 20, or even 10 ISO ...
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What exactly is “base ISO” and how do I find what is base ISO on my camera?

If I understood correctly, base ISO is in full stop steps from the lowest possible ISO setting on my camera. For example if the lowest setting on my camera is ISO 100, than the following table would ...
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How do I see settings afterwards on my Nikon D5100?

I am quite new to DSLR photography. What I can't figure out is how to see the settings for the photo after I have taken it. For example, if I take a photo with 1/200, f5,6 and ISO 200. Can I see it ...
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Why do these images taken at significantly different ISO appear equal in quality?

How come I can't tell the difference in quality of these two photos, even though one is shot at ISO 160, and the other at 1600 ? Note: EXIF data has been stripped from images below by imgur saving ...
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How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?

This question is motivated by the fact that I'm trying to decide between the the Canon 5D Mark III and the Nikon D800. I really would prefer the one that will perform better in low light. As far as I ...
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Do ISO values for Film and DSLR cameras have 1 to 1 correspondence?

For example, if we have a film with ISO/ASA speed of 100, is it equivalent to setting ISO = 100 on DSLRs?