Using High ISO in Photography Can Be a Good Thing

Using High ISO in Photography Can Be a Good Thing

June 4, 2014 0 By phoenixgenesis®

In this photography topic, I want to explain why using a high ISO in digital photography can be good if you are the photographer for either a wedding or a Baptism, Bar Mitzvah, or birthdays , or other special events, and especially if you are being paid for it. I have been hired as a photographer for special events especially weddings for years, and what you never want is to take blurry pictures. Some photographers – Hobbyists and professionals alike – believe a picture with high ISO noise in it is no good. That is not always the case.

For starters, cameras made in the past two years have advanced much in sensor and in-camera noise reduction to the point that using very high ISO 1600 and up can result in a fairly clear image. Some people prefer to use the lowest ISO settings at the risk of getting a blurry image, even with Optical Image Stabilizers, (O.I.S. is only useful for subjects that are not moving in the frame. It dose not work with people and objects in motion).

When I am hired to take pictures, especially at a wedding, I would use the highest ISO I can get away with, so there is less chance of getting a blurry picture, because a noisy picture can be recovered using various noise-reduction programs, like Neat-Image, Noise Nija, Topaz Denoise, and others, but a blurry image cannot be adequately corrected. There are no programs made, that can recover a blurry image to a 20-20 sharp image. Maybe the NSA or CIA may have a program to clear up blurry images, but we, the average Joe and Jane citizen, do not have access to it.

[Editor’s Note: Photo of Sky the Cat taken by Mike Kaufer on May 13, 2013 in Monterey Park, California.]

Mike Kaufer, Photojournalist, Phoenix Genesis

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