- Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Get the Best Landscapes and Cityscapes
- Poring Over the Picture
- Sharp and In Focus: Using Tripods
- Selecting the Proper ISO
- Using Noise Reduction
- Selecting a White Balance
- Using the Landscape Creative Style
- Shooting Beautiful Black-and-White Landscapes
- Golden Light
- Shooting Compelling Sunrises and Sunsets
- Making Water Fluid
- Composing Landscapes and Streetscapes
- Where to Focus
- Easier Focusing
- Using Manual Focus Assist
- Using DMF Focus Mode
- Expand Your Range
- Shooting Panoramas
- Look for the Unexpected
- Chapter 8 Assignments
Selecting the Proper ISO
A lower ISO setting generally translates into cleaner images and more accurate color reproduction. Shooting at the native ISO of ISO 100 whenever possible will ensure the best quality. But there will be times when you will need to increase your ISO to get a properly exposed image—particularly in low-light situations such as shooting landscapes or streetscapes at night. Be aware that higher ISOs can add noise that can detract from both the color quality and the finer details of an image. While you always want to preserve as much detail as possible, shooting in low light often comes down to a tradeoff between noise and sharpness. You’re looking for the best compromise (Figures 8.4 and 8.5).
Figure 8.4 This handheld shot of the Empire State Building at sunset was taken at a moderate ISO of 800 to prevent camera movement.
ISO 800 • 1/60 sec. • f/5.6 • 35mm lens
Figure 8.5 When the image is enlarged, it remains sharply detailed without apparent noise.
Even with continual improvements to in-camera noise reduction, using the lowest ISO possible for landscape photography is ideal. With a good tripod in tow, you’ll find little need to shoot above ISO 100.