What the ISO Settings on Your Camera Mean and How Best to Adjust Them

If you shoot with all your camera settings automatically, you are missing out on a lot. Your ISO settings, among other things, can dramatically improve your shots when used correctly. This video tutorial from TechQuickie explains what you need to know.

In short, adjusting ISO settings comes in handy when the lighting in your environment is not ideal, such as night shots or situations where the lighting is not at all good. As an example, let’s say you are taking a family photo and you have everything set up correctly, but half of the people in the background are out of focus. You can decrease the aperture to increase the depth of field, but now everything is too dark. Raise the ISO and you maintain focus, but also bring more light to the sensor. Likewise, this is useful when you need to get good light on your camera’s sensor, but also need to shoot at a high shutter speed, such as during a game or other fast-moving event.

Of course, raising these settings without knowing what you are doing can actually make your photos worse , so take some time to familiarize yourself with how your photos change as you tweak your camera’s ISO settings. If you need a quick reference, this figure explains how ISO, shutter speed, and aperture are related.

ISO cameras as fast as possible | TechQuickie


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