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    Default Shooting portriats @ which is ISO better ? "p

    Hi guys,

    I was wonder which ISO to use when shooting portriats outdoor. Initially my understanding was to keep ISO as low at possible which i kept at ISO 100 but noticed that some are shooting at ISO 200 too .

    Just wondering can be the possible reasons for it ?

    Thanks for any enlightenment ! "p

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    Quote Originally Posted by cytan View Post
    Hi guys,

    I was wonder which ISO to use when shooting portriats outdoor. Initially my understanding was to keep ISO as low at possible which i kept at ISO 100 but noticed that some are shooting at ISO 200 too .

    Just wondering can be the possible reasons for it ?

    Thanks for any enlightenment ! "p
    I've been shooting portraits for years and to me, i always adjust my ISO according to the lighting situation, from 50 to a max of 800.
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    Default Re: Shooting portriats @ which is ISO better ? "p

    Quote Originally Posted by cytan View Post
    Hi guys,

    I was wonder which ISO to use when shooting portriats outdoor. Initially my understanding was to keep ISO as low at possible which i kept at ISO 100 but noticed that some are shooting at ISO 200 too .

    Just wondering can be the possible reasons for it ?

    Thanks for any enlightenment ! "p
    some ppl like to add a bit of "artistic feel" by increasing the ISO to get the noise.

    the usage of ISO will depend on what effect u are trying to acheive.
    cameras are not made of tofu

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    reason why most shoot at ISO200 (especially Nikon 6MP camera d50,70,40... etc) is becos thats the lowest ISO available... but it doesn't matter much, almost all dSLR have noiseless ISO200...

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    sometimes the increased ISO is used if the photog wants a higher shutter speed so as to freeze motion... Even if its all nice and bright outdoors, the higher ISO value can save that picture of a rare passing moment!! but if its gonna be a posed portait and all, the lower ISO would be good to reduce noise and all~
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    Default Re: Shooting portriats @ which is ISO better ? "p

    Quote Originally Posted by cytan View Post
    Hi guys,

    I was wonder which ISO to use when shooting portriats outdoor. Initially my understanding was to keep ISO as low at possible which i kept at ISO 100 but noticed that some are shooting at ISO 200 too .

    Just wondering can be the possible reasons for it ?

    Thanks for any enlightenment ! "p
    I always shoot at ISO 100 unless not enough light.

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    Thanks alot guys for the tip "p

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    Quote Originally Posted by cytan View Post
    I was wonder which ISO to use when shooting portriats outdoor. Initially my understanding was to keep ISO as low at possible which i kept at ISO 100 but noticed that some are shooting at ISO 200 too .
    there is no solid answer or one size fits all solution

    unless you don't know what you are doing, i have seen good portraits shot at anything from iso 100- iso 3200 (grainy, mind you)

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    The "native" ISO of some sensors is actually 200, so you get the most detail when at that setting.
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    technically, the lower the ISO, the better it is.
    cos noise can be added in pp.
    unless your shutter speed is reali low and you're without a tripod...
    go up to a max of 800.
    ISO 100 and ISO 200 wont be of much difference.

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