I’m sure that you’ve all heard it before: “Amazing photographic opportunities are everywhere! All you have to do is open your eyes to see them!”
But, if you’re like me at all, it’s not always that simple. I don’t always feel like I see these opportunities. I don’t always feel the images around me.
Or, I’ll see an amazing photo that someone else has taken and it’s like dirt or a rusty old bike or something like that and it’s a really nice image. But, if I try to take a similar image, I can look at it and it’s perfectly composed and exposed and yet it still just looks like dirt or a rusty bike or whatever. And I wonder if someone else would see it differently. What am I missing?
And, then there are the times when, thankfully, it just works. An image works out. And, the feeling is wonderful.
And, I wonder if there is a way to kick-up, increase the chances of those wonderful moments. A way to get to that flow…
With that in mind, I’m just finished watching a video by Gavin Hooey that talks about his photographic process, from camera to computer. It talks about how he uses Photoshop and a bit of imagination to get to a photographic result.
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We've seen how managing the ISO setting allows you to control the amount of grain that shows in your photos. But it does more than that. Understanding and working with the ISO setting gives us added flexibility in terms of setting the other two exposure settings–aperture and shutter speed.
The bottom line is that ISO is an important and useful tool, and one that you will want to be comfortable with if you are looking to take creative control of your exposure.