10 ways to drive photography snobs mad

10 ways to drive photography snobs mad

How to annoy photography snobs: 03 Visible noise

What is ISO? When to increase sensitivity, types of noise and more

If you always follow the ‘rules’ of photography and use a tripod, select a low sensitivity setting and focus carefully, you’ll be rewarded by sharp, grain-free images (unless the subject moves).

Photo snobs consider high sensitivity settings to be a worst-case scenario when there’s no other option but to hike up the ISO rating to allow a faster shutter speed to freeze movement.

They can often be heard saying ‘I never go over ISO 200 unless it’s absolutely essential’. It’s worth pointing out to them that the average modern DSLR or CSC produces far better results at ISO 6400 than ISO 1600 film ever did.

As well as texture, noise can impart atmosphere. To get the best results shoot raw files so that you can really bring out the grain if you want when you process the results.

In-camera noise reduction systems tend to soften or smudge details to hide noise. Alternatively, add some grain post capture.

PAGE 1 – How to annoy a photography snob: 01 Blown-out highlights
PAGE 2 – How to annoy a photography snob: 02 Soft images
PAGE 3 – How to annoy a photography snob: 03 Visible noise
PAGE 4 – How to annoy a photography snob: 04 Shooting portraits from below eye-level
PAGE 5 – How to annoy a photography snob: 05 No eye contact
PAGE 6 – How to annoy a photography snob: 06 Colourcasts
PAGE 7 – How to annoy a photography snob: 07 Converging verticals
PAGE 8 – How to annoy a photography snob: 08 Tilting horizons
PAGE 9 – How to annoy a photography snob: 09 Imperfect joins
PAGE 10 – How to annoy a photography snob: 10 Great shots from compact cameras

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