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Using higher ISO settings #photography

I went to photograph a fete in the town hall on Saturday. It didn’t work out too well because I was unwell but the photos I did take were better than previous years. Shooting with a full frame camera with a larger sensor makes a difference and the in-camera processing at higher ISO settings is better too.

higher ISO

Adjusting the ISO

I took some wide aperture shots like this one of the stalls and some shots of the whole room with a narrower aperture and a higher ISO. This shot was at an ISO setting of 5,000 and on aperture priority. That gave me a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second. That was faster than I expected. I think the shot is reasonable and doesn’t look too noisy. Even outdoors in fairly good light I use higher ISO settings than the standard 100 to get really fast shutter speeds for really sharp images. My Nikon D750 does go lower than 100 and in really bright sunlight I’ll use those lower settings. They are useful in really harsh sunlight.


I’m less interested in the sort of shots I get at events now and I prefer to take more artistic shots where I can shoot in good light and get really sharp photos. I would like to do portraits in natural light too. I prefer to use low ISO settings in good light but most of my event pictures are viewed on mobile phone so the quality of these images is quite adequate.


When the images are going to printed we have to think more about noise and check to see if the image is grainy before printing. Most of my recent images that I had printed were taken in quite good light.

An expensive hobby

Photography is an expensive hobby and this year I have spent more than I usually do buying the Nikon D750 with the 28 – 300mm lens. I have recovered the printing costs of the art cards that I had printed last year but they haven’t sold quite as well as I had hoped so having more printed is going to be delayed.  Art is about experimenting and it has to be funded. The art cards were a good idea to promote local towns but I do need help to sell them. If it takes a year or two to recover the printing costs, that is to be expected but at the moment I don’t think any are selling.

The future

I’m thinking about the future and for the rest of this year the equipment I have now will be great. My 28 – 300mm lens is a good all round lens and I will do some shooting with my 35mm prime lens too.  I always want more lenses but they can wait! I will be experimenting with prints because an exhibition has been suggested. I need an easy way to display prints. Just sticking them to a wall isn’t as easy as it might seem. I need to check out some different methods and find an easy one. I have found out what was wrong with my printer and so I can print my own own but will probably have them printed. The ink is quite expensive for my printer but I can still print signs and posters with it.


Next month, I’ll be photographing the horse drive and the Tipton canal and community festival. My health problems could prevent either of those or both but I’ll play it by ear. I also plan a little trip to photograph a steam train in November. Christmas events have been mentioned even though it’s only August! I think the Canal and Community Festival could give me a good image for an art card too and with no more expenditure on photography planned, I might finance a couple more art cards myself. If I can offer four art cards I might find more outlets to sell them.

That’s all for today. The sun is shining despite being only 10C this morning. I might take a few photos this afternoon! As always, if you would like to subscribe to my blog just enter your email address at the top of the sidebar or follow me on Twitter for links to the latest posts. Those links are also on my Facebook page.

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