Photography Tutorial – ISO Made Easy

Understand the mysteries of ISO: when to change it and when to leave it alone.

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32 responses to “Photography Tutorial – ISO Made Easy”

  1. Ok, I never bother subscribing to YouTube channels or commenting but your videos have made me go against that this time around 😀

    Wow! Seriously, incredible content and you explain everything in such a way that it makes complete sense instantly.

    A huge thanks for taking the time to create and post your tutorials! Massively appreciated! 🙂

  2. Hi. I am new to photography and still learning the basics of Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO. Great video. Wonderfully adept, and USEFUL explanation of ISO. You've gained another Subscriber.

  3. Back in my day… In the US we used ASA (American Standard Assoc). Then "we" switched to ISO to bring the world together. My original Kodak Vericolor ASA 160 but wedding photographers shot it at 100. When Fuji came out with 400 I changed to that and stayed with 400 my entire carrier. Now with digital I stick with 400 and I understand how to properly expose using aperture and speed. You can too and with digital its simple you don't have to send film in and wait till its processed.

  4. What about trying to get a print out of such high ISO pictures? Any tips or suggestion? I'm just wondering, because it seems that the only way to reduce the noise of ISO is a) better gear b) resizing the image.

  5. OK as someone who took a professional class in photography ISO does not… I repeat…. does NOT stand for anything. the letters I, S, and O are not representing something. the word is ISO. also it was really cool to learn that's how ISO works. although my phone won't let me control the ISO aperture and shutter speed all together. only two at a time.

  6. I have a big question that I have been puzzling over for a while. Please can someone answer it with more knowledge than me. In your first example you changed the iso to manipulate the shutter speed on aperture priority. Why don't you change your camera to manual so you can change both the aperture and the shutter speed while leaving the iso alone! sorry I am new to photography.

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