Is Low light photography Possible with Low ISO ? | 2 Day Photography Workshop Singapore

Is Low light photography possible with Low ISO ? | 2 Day Photography Workshop Singapore.

When light is fading, most photographers will turn up the ISO to a higher ISO to gain light. However, higher ISO creates noise. Is Low light photography possible with Low ISO ? I took the images of the Buffy Fish Owl in Singapore when light was fading in the evening to illustrate.

Is Low light photography Possible with Low ISO ? | 2 Day Photography Workshop Singapore
The ISO of the first image above was at very high ISO of 12,8000 with a shutter speed of 1/320 sec.
Is Low light photography Possible with Low ISO ? | 2 Day Photography Workshop Singapore
With the lower shutter speed I was able to gain more light therefore I could lower the ISO from 12,800 to 2000. With lower ISO, I was able to capture the subject with clarity and less noise.

The ISO of the first image was very high at 12,8000 ( normally and ideally between 100 – 4000) with a shutter speed of 1/320 sec. Since the owl was not in motion, I turned down the shutter speed to 1/8 second from 1/320 second to allow more light to enter the camera while my camera was on tripod.

With the lower shutter speed I was able to gain more light therefore I could lower the ISO from 12,800 to 2000. With lower ISO, I was able to capture the subject with clarity and less noise.

Is Low Light photography with Low ISO possible ? Yes, it is possible if you have a tripod and your subject is not in motion so that you can turn down the shutter without affecting the image. The lower ISO gives better quality image with less noise.

Notice the noise level of the first image on the left with ISO 12,800
Image on the right has lower ISO at 2000

If you wish to learn more about camera exposure by varying shutter speed, ISO and aperture, join us in the 2 Day Photography Workshop in Singapore.

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