Lets talk about ISO

See below for explanation of this...picture

(ISO 3200, f4.8, speed 160)

You're probably wondering if I've gone crazy - I'm posting all these pictures that I really love, etc - and then this one!  Well, first...I take a million pictures that turn out really lame! But my reason for this is ISO. I'm thinking this illustrates the "image noise" that can happen when using a high ISO (3200 in this case). I've discussed how people kept telling me to automatically adjust your ISO before using your camera in M, A, S or P modes but I'm forgetful. I mean, I thought it was adjusted alright for the circumstances...but I think if I would have tried it higher f number (4.8? what was I thinking?) with a tiny bit lower ISO - it would have turned out loads better - do you think?


Biana said...

Yes it would have turned out better. I think the foreground (inside) would have been darker and with more shadows and less visible and ofcourse without that much noise.

Nikki said...

I think I'm going to have to come back to this one with my camera in front of me!

Irish Gumbo said...

Better might be a relative term, depending on the point of the picture. I agree with Biana, assuming the people on the outside were the true subjects.

Then again, sometimes noise is the point, depending on what you really want to convey.

Interesting candle flame there in the corner.

Barbara said...

Obviously it could have turned out better, but sometimes you can find some kind of charm in noise, specially in black and white pictures. I sometimes use a 6400 iso which sounds way too much but it really helps in super low light situations such as interiors (churches, cathedrals and all that jazz)

either than that it's a lovely picture

have a nice weekend

Krystal said...

@ Irish Gumbo - I can definitely see using noise as a style - would be quite neat actually. This was just a random picture that is bad :)
@Barbara - I read your comment on my phone then was in an old church and wanted to try the high ISO...but no cameras allowed! lame! next time =)

The Body Electric said...

So glad you commented on my blog so I could find you!!! I just bought a Nikon D80 a couple weeks ago and I'm lost as lost can be. A friend spent about 20 minutes talking to me about ISO, Aperture and shutter speed and I retained none of it. ARGH!
What kind of Nikon do you have?!?!? Tips? If you could explain any of it to me that would be awesome, though I know a daunting task and very time consuming so please don't feel obligated.

ps. thanks for stopping by my blog! Glad you did!