15 common photography questions from beginners (and how to solve them)

15 common photography questions from beginners (and how to solve them)

Common Photography Questions From Beginners, 7-9

Common photography questions: do I need to adjust ISO?

07 Do I need to adjust ISO?

If you’re using a tripod, no, leave it on ISO 100 for best image quality. If you’re shooting handheld, then ISO is your friend!

By increasing it, and in turn your camera’s sensitivity, you can obtain fast enough shutter speeds for sharp shots – whether taking portrait shots in low light indoors or shooting fast-moving action subjects.

The higher you go, the noisier/grainy images will appear, however, it’s always better to have a grainy image than a blurry unusable image. The latest DSLRs are getting better and better and controlling image noise; our action shot was taken in dark woods at ISO 2500.

SEE MORE: What is ISO – camera sensitivity settings (and the best way to use them)

Common photography questions: what is a good lens for portraits?

08 What’s a good lens for indoor portraits?

Using a fast prime lens is ideal for indoor people photography, as the inevitable lack of light means you’ll need a really wide aperture to let a lot of daylight reach your camera’s sensor.

Using 50mm primes with really wide (or fast) maximum apertures has the benefit of capturing a really shallow depth of field for artistically blurring anything other than the focal point: in a close-up portrait, focus on the eyes (or closest eye), and much of rest of the face and background will be knocked totally out of focus.

A fast lens also enables you to achieve a suitable shutter speed for sharp shots when shooting without a tripod, even in low light, plus you won’t need to resort to using flash, which can often overpower and ruin any atmospheric light.

SEE MORE: Best lens for portraits – 5 sensibly priced options tested and rated

Common photography questions: what is a good lens for garden close-ups?

09 What’s a good lens for garden close-ups?

You’ll need a macro lens. But beware: many zoom lenses with ‘macro’ in the title aren’t really macro at all. A dedicated macro lens will enable you to take 1:1 life-size close-ups – allowing you to focus on tiny objects, such as flowers and insects, that will fill your frame.


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  • Joe Edwards

    Still giving rubbish advice about changing lenses. Are you getting kickbacks from dust cleaning service? People please ignore the advice to change the lens with the sensor pointing up. That’s heaven for dust bunnies. How can a supposedly professional magazine get something completely wrong?