Lesson-2 : Sensitivity - ISO

ISO is a measure of sensitivity of the digital camera sensor to light.

Higher the ISO setting, the more sensitive the camera is to light. This means that with a high ISO setting one can shoot even in low light conditions

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ISO is written as numbers that are multiples of 100; like 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600. 

With each setting , the sensitivity to light either doubles or halves. 100 ISO is half as sensitive to light as 200 ISO. 1600 ISO is double as sensitive to light as 800 ISO

 

 

Increasing ISO also increases Image noise. So it is always better to shoot in lower ISO settings to get clean, noise-free images. Choose high ISO settings only when light is very low. 

 

notice that the image with ISO set at 3200 has a lot of noise and is not clear.  

Tip - The best way to check if your shot has high iso noise is to zoom into the image and look at some dark areas. The dark areas show the effect of noise very clearly

 

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