#beinspiredby: High ISO

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In wildlife photography a lot of the action, the things we want to take images of, takes place when the light is changing very quickly as it gets weaker and weaker.

During these times, one of our biggest challenges is to maintain a fast enough shutter speed to create crisp, sharp images as the leopard jumps from tree to tree, or the lion cubs start playing.  No matter how hard you try and fight it, at some point you will have to reach for the ISO button on your camera in order to up the ISO making your camera’s sensor more sensitive to light.

I know some of you might shudder at the thought, but I have always been of the opinion that I would rather get an image with a little bit of grain and noise and do the best I can in post-processing than not have an image at all.

Most of today’s digital cameras will allow you to create images until the last light is virtually gone.  The resulting noise and ultimate quality of the files are not all that bad and can be rescued, for lack of a better word, quite easily in post processing.

So, with that all said our #beinspiredby theme for tomorrow is exactly that, High ISO.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography High ISO

Yeah, for real.

This week we would like you to share some of your high ISO wildlife and nature images with us.  You can process them as you wish but make sure to, in your description, include what ISO the image was taken at.  It would also be great to see what software you used for your processing and specifically noise reduction and sharpening.

I personally do all of my RAW processing in Lightroom 5 and will only use other software, such as Nik’s DFine, during really desperate times.  I find that Lightroom is perfect for what I need to do and a couple of well placed Special Adjustment Brush strokes can be of great value when removing noise and selectively sharpening parts of an image.

All of the images in this post has been processed in Lightroom 5.4 only.

Gerry van der Walt - #beinspiredby HIgh ISO

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography High ISO

Keen to share your images?

Here’s how it works for this week.

  • Look through your images and filter all the images with a 1600 ISO or higher.
  • Process them like you normally would using your favourite post-processing software.
  • Go to the Wild Eye Facebook page and post your image there using with this heading: #beinspiredby:  High ISO
  • In the description of the image tell us a bit more about your image but make sure to include the ISO at which you shot the image.
  • If you want to share more, also tell us what software you used to process your image.
  • Check the Facebook page throughout the weekend to see some of the other images that people are uploading.
  • Next Tuesday – because Monday is a public holiday in South Africa – I will then choose 5 of my favourite images and share them on the blog.
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That’s about it.  Quite easy yeah?

But wait.

There’s more.

If you have any images that you are struggling with from a digital noise point of view you can also add these to the Facebook page with a specific question you would like for us to try and assist with.  I will then see if there are any common themes that people are unsure or uncertain of and during nest week load a tutorial video working through some of the questions.

Great stuff happens in the bush when the light goes down and understanding HIGH ISOs and how to deal with it in post-processing might just mean you end up with more keepers, so whether you have incredible images shot at High ISO or you have an image that you just cannot wrap your head around, from a High ISO point of view, share your photographs on our Facebook page tomorrow.

If you are using Lightroom you can easily filter your image according to ISO settings by using the filter bar in the Library Module and changing one of the drop down menus to ISO Speed.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography High ISO

Digital noise is a part of today’s photography and the better you understand how it works, where it hides in an image and how High ISO settings influence it the better your chances will be of creating amazing images.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography High ISO

If you have any questions around High ISO and digital noise you can include them with your image when you share it or simply leave a comment below and I will get back to you from there.

So there you have it.

I look forward to seeing your High ISO images the Wild Eye Facebook page tomorrow. Happy sharing!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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  1. Carol Bell

    Gerry thanks for all that information….. I have been deleting my “noise”photos especially ones taken into the sunset…… will see if I have anything….

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