If you remember anything from this lesson remember this –
Don’t be afraid to raise your ISO!
We talked about what noise looks like in photos last time we talked about ISO. Since then several people have said they don’t like to raise their ISO. If your photo is properly exposed there is no reason to be scared of raising your ISO. Since Christmas is this week and we will have a lot of opportunities to take photos in low lighting situations I just want to remind you to raise your ISO! Please don’t rely on post-processing to lighten up your photo.
I used to be so scared to raise my ISO because I thought my picture would be super noisy and look awful. Therefore, I would only raise it a little and my photo would still be underexposed, which would come out grainy. This only reinforced my thinking that raising my ISO was bad. What I didn’t realize was if I had raised it as high as it needed it to be the photo would not have turned out as awful.
We put our kiddos to bed at 7:30 but for some reason she decided that instead of sleeping this would be a great way to spend her evening. Of course, I was really upset but I had to capture the moment first. I should have raised my ISO even higher but I was in a hurry since I was trying to keep my “I’m mad” Mom face. Notice how dark the details are even after I attempted to brighten it up in post-processing.
If you want see how to reduce your noise in Lightroom check out this video – Noise Reduction Lightroom Video.