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Is high ISO useful for photography?

I started photography sometime back, and always wondered when is high ISO handy in photography? Also can it be used to get any special effect in pictures? My camera has Max ISO of 800 but I see some ...
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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 scenario....
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What is the relationship between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed?

I know digital cameras have ISO options, and that ISO is the camera's sensitivity to light, but if you set higher ISO then you can get a noisy image. I also know there are two other camera options, ...
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Is there any noise difference between averaged and long exposure photos?

Let's suppose I'm on a tripod, photographing a perfectly still scene (also dark) and I take these photos: 5 photos at ISO 3200 and 1s exposure 1 photo at ISO 100 and 5s exposure There is a common ...
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Why does my Finepix S2950 not show the image quality I expect?

I am a little confused as to why my Finepix S2950 takes photos like it does. I seem to be able to take great Macro Shots, but not landscapes. I have noticed that if I zoom into a picture enough I can ...
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2answers
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Highest possible ISO? [closed]

What is the theoretical upper limit on ISO for a digital image sensor? (I imagine any limit must be a function of sensor pixel size, since once all electronic noise has been eliminated then shot ...
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1answer
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Is the following video explaining ISO accurate? [duplicate]

So, I was searching for the exact mechanism behind the workings of ISO (or film speed) in digital camera. I found this video and it was pretty simple. But i was wondering if this video is accurate and ...
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Why are my product photographs not sharp?

I just bought a Canon 750D. The picture has too much noise. The detail/shine of the diamond is not really showing. I am also using a tripod and timer. The lens is the EF-S 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS STM. ...
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2answers
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Which ISO should I use for the cleanest image? [duplicate]

Assume the case of a Canon 6D Mark II. Its lowest ISO is regulary 100. If expanded, I can set it to L, which is ISO 50. Until now, I was always under the impression the lower the ISO the cleaner the ...
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3answers
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Why is my camera metering indoor scenes as darker than I expect, forcing me to use a high ISO?

I am shooting in natural light, with my subject facing a full floor-to-ceiling south facing window. You would think my meter would allow ISO between 200-400 in bright light, but I was lucky to get it ...
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6answers
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What camera settings would make shooting easy in a darkish church?

I tried to take photographs in a church that was bright enough for human eyes, but I quickly realized the camera couldn't take it. Failing to anticipate this, I didn't bring a tripod. Since I don't ...
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If I want to shoot darker shots, is it better to increase the lighting and then darken in post to retain clarity?

I'm just getting started - in my last shoot, I was using a 6D with a 50mm/1.4. In low light, the pictures looked fantastic on the viewfinder but on the computer screen, appeared extremely grainy. ...
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5answers
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What's the difference between exposure and shutter speed?

Is there a difference between exposure and shutter speed, or are the terms interchangeable? I read that "If you use a quick shutter speed, you can just raise the exposure to compensate." Is this ...
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7answers
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How is ISO implemented in digital cameras?

If I change the ISO settings on my camera, obviously the gain of the system is increased, amplifying the signal from the sensor. What's not clear to me is where the amplification takes place. I see ...
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2answers
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How to know the resulting iso of stacked images?

I've read in several questions like this one that stacking photos helps to reduce the noise of the resulting image, which is really helpful in astrophotography. My question is if I can know a priori ...
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Why does raising ISO make image quality appear lower even though my measurements suggest it shouldn't?

I know this may be rehashing one of the most discussed topics, but I would like to take it a slightly different direction and solicit input. First of all, I am familiar with the electrical ...
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What setting should I adjust when using a tripod to get less noise?

If there's a really grainy photo. Not much natural light here and a tripod was available. What should be changed in settings to decrease the noise in the photo? Settings Focal length 12mm ISO 6400 ...
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Why would using higher ISO and faster shutter speed yield more noise than using lower ISO and slower shutter speed?

I'm trying to see how this answer correlates with practice. That answer basically says I need to let enough light into the camera and then use the highest ISO value and I'll get the lowest noise then. ...
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2answers
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Where can I learn the theory behind photography and camera engineering?

While I do have a basic understanding of the concepts of photography, it would be great to also understand the theoretical background behind the optics and the engineering of modern cameras. E.g. to ...
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What's the best ISO value to use when shooting? [closed]

I wanted to know what's the best ISO value to use when shooting?
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5answers
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What do the scene modes actually do?

I have a Nikon D3300. It has a full-auto mode, various degrees of semi-auto, and a full-manual mode. It also has a box of what you might call "application-specific" modes, for example "landscape", "...
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7answers
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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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What is meant by the “native ISO” when talking about DSLRs?

The new Nikon D7000 is out, and a lot of previews has touted the "native iso" of D7000 to be 100. What does this actually mean? I'm assuming it means it performs at its best at iso 100, which means ...
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3answers
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Qualitywise, is there any downside to overexposing an image (within the dynamic range of the camera)?

If i underexpose an image and have to crank up the exposure in post, this will also amplify the noise, resulting in a lower quality image. In this case, it would've been better to expose correctly ...
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2answers
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What's the perfect ISO setting?

Assuming that ISO in a DSLR is a 'fake' figure, matching the speeds of wet film & that as everything is calculated digitally, the 'best' calculation is 'no calculation at all'. Is it a given that ...
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1answer
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Why won't my ISO go below 6400 when I shoot indoors? [duplicate]

I'm having an issue with my Canon 6D. Whenever I shoot photos inside my house they turn out so grainy! I've tried turning the ISO down but anything lower than 6400 and my photos are basically black. ...
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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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4answers
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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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1answer
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What do these differences mean between the Canon 700D and Nikon 5300D?

I am buying a camera to satisfy my photography hunger while travelling (+ Wild) and for family photography. I am planning to buy a Canon 700D but am really confused when comparing it with the Nikon ...
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4answers
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Why can't the ISO level on most digital cameras be set below 80?

Why is it that the ISO level on most digital cameras doesn't seem to go lower than ISO 80? I understand (vaguely) that the sensors adjust the gain in order to achieve the equivalent of a high ISO ...

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