Camera General Tipa: How to Adjust Your ISO for Better Quality Pictures

How to reduce the noise in your photos by adjusting the ISO. This is a short but very informative video that explains exactly how to do that. Watch and try it out.


1spitfirepilot says:

I've just watched videos on ISO invariance and the advisability of shooting with low ISO, then correcting in Lightroom. Now I'm a bit confused as I don't doubt your know-how on this – but mixed messages are coming out on YouTube from quite experienced people! (I've got a Fuji XT-1, BTW)

Jacob Jexmark says:

With Nikons shooting a lower ISO and raising the exposure actually gives better results in many scenarios. This is due to Nikons better DR

Armando Tura says:

A bit simplistic, it should be stated that it is for beginners. There are other aspects such as ISO invariance for some sensors worth considering that allow greater dynamic range if under exposing, with little if any price to pay for. Canon sensors are non ISO invariant, so for these this video recommendations are fine.

James Reese says:

Interesting video . . . just happened to notice that your sweater is on backwards!

Amogh M S says:

Great video! Right to the point!

Svenja says:

I really like your focused way to explain things. You come right to the point without being in a hurry. Specially love your quick tipps. Thank you for the good work.

Nick Franks says:

G'day, Sir…which camera do you use for your YouTube videos? Many thanks

Rice Crash says:

I am certainly guilty of this. Always scared to push the ISO but this also has a lot to do with your camera/ lens combo's ability at higher ISO. A lot of times I am using a lightweight Sony a6000 and the FE 70-200 f4 g lens that's very restrictive in low light. Great tip though and a welcome reminder.

Karthik D says:

Hi Toby – Could you please review Tokina 100mm f2.8 lens on Canon APSC camera. I cannot find a decent review of this lens for APSC canon cameras anywhere on internet. Thanks in advance.

MrPreliminary says:

Thanks! a helpful tip.

Michael Didomenico says:

So Toby, does that mean we could shoot using AUTO ISO? Or just when necessary.

Hailey Call says:

love your videos they are very helpful i just got the cannon 70d !

SJ Photography & Videography says:

Question… if you buy the top notch camera and find the photos looking no different than a inexpensive camera, what could you be doing wrong??

zvxcvxcz says:

Canon sensors are also not ISO-less sensors (so far at least in the DSLRs). Because of how their DACs work you will actually get less noise at the higher ISOs. On some other sensors, like the ones from Sony in their own cameras and many Nikon DSLRs, Samsung, and others, they use ISO-less sensors. For these sensors the noise levels will be the same regardless of whether you raise the ISO or if you raise the exposure in post. Whether you prefer to raise it in camera or not then will depend on which methods of noise reduction you prefer (if any), those that are in camera or in your processing tools.

Yi Fan Chin says:

Motion blur isn't hard to correct for… It's impossible.

Michael Wrba says:

+PhotoRec Toby You, Sir, are a God!

Todd Davis says:

I learned the hard way to not be scared of high ISO…

last Christmas at the light show, I was scared to push my ISO too high, in fear of the infamous "NOISE!!" <<EEK!!>>

What I ended up getting was 95% of my shots suffering from motion blur and / or camera shake… And I had almost no usable shots of this great memory of my daughter in amazement at the lights all around her.

I now tell people EXACTLY what you mentioned in the end of the video, in order to prevent them from suffering the same heartache…

Noise is easily fixable… motion blur / camera shake isn't… so CRANK THAT ISO UP TO GET THE SHOT!!

Don't be scared of ISO!

Jeffrey Berry says:

Learn to shoot in aperture priority mode for the best results. Adjust exposure via physical light, fstop, and ISO so that your shutter speed clocks in at just a tad bit above your focal length's mm for sharp/clear and perfectly exposed images.

Anandavadivelan V says:

nice video, what is the music number that plays at the start and end?

johan bauwens says:

Maybe Ryan should buy a 50 mm f1.8 :-)

Yalcin Yanikoglu says:

When you proposed a prime, around 2:30 I think you have the images swapped. One on the right labeled prime looks blurry. Or I am too old. Regardless, well said.

Mark Ferwerda says:

I think your points in this video will help me. I have a Nikon D750 and I love to take evening shots, but I've been rather disappointed with the noise when shooting at (for example) 1/50 sec., f5, (with the 28-300 Nikon lens) and then brightening in Lightroom. Seems the dark area noise is just too much (like the night sky portion of the photo). I'll trying raising the ISO considerably in the future instead of relying on Lightroom so much to brighten the pics.

rgreen517 says:

Toby, related on this subject is with my 70D. Did you shoot this video with your 70D, and if so. do you use all-i or ipb compression on it. Thanks.

LoriBravo says:

You know, this has been my biggest problem until recently. My Canon 5D Mark III was supposed to be the camera that I could use high ISO's with, but I kept underexposing images. I recently watched a Ryan Brenizer video and his review of the Mark III surprised me. He said basically the same thing you did, that this camera is more than capable to shoot weddings and other low light events AS LONG AS you expose the scene correctly. Yes, we all know Nikon offers more dynamic range, but if I didn't know to ETTR (Expose to the right), I'd still be taking poorer quality photos. BTW, you should make your next quick tips video about ETTR, i bet a lot of people could improve the quality of their photos by doing just that! Thank you for putting this out there!

Jo Baecker says:

Thanks for the tip, yes, totally counter intuitive. I'm still used to the days of film – 1000 speed film was grainy as heck and I used it only if I absolutely had to. Anytime I go above 1000 ISO it still freaks me out!

Brian Michael says:

This is a great topic because I always try to keep my ISO as low as possible.. Though I love the quality of my 5DMKII in well lit situations.. in low light.. not so much.. and brightening in LR does give me crappy color noise.

roki977 says:

With my cheap 1200d and 50 STM I never shoot over 800, 1600 sometimes. Even at night. With monopod I can get away with 400 at night street lights shots. Just get faster glass, nothing beets that and it can be cheap… 150$ for 50 stm and manual flash like 460 and most of the low light problems solved, at least for manual shooters

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