|EXPOSURE : ISO 2500 f/4 @ 1/15s|
Instead, think of it as what can I do with this feature? What can you do that you couldn't do before. Take for instance the images below. A use for a little-used feature, to capture a scene I have never seen before, in a way that would only be possible thanks to extremely high ISO capabilities.
This was well after dark, after capturing a beautiful sunset by the lakeshore of a seldom visited park around here. On our way back to the car and I heard the nearby call of an owl. Normally I wouldn't even waste my time looking in the dark, but it sounded so close. Sure enough, continuing back to the car, and in our pathway I spotted him.
The top image is the initial view I had - a silhouette of the figure on a branch. Cool - but not great, since even at only about 50 feet up, the large, but still small bird would hardly fill a frame. Having shot birds in trees before, unfortunately the closest distance you can be to him on the ground (in flat terrain) is directly beneath the bird - hardly a photogenic angle. So I passed around the other side and got a dramatically different image.
|EXPOSURE : ISO 12800 f/4 @ 0.8"s|
So that's a use for high ISO, but you have no interest in photographing owls at night, or anything even remotely similar? How about this then; what does your awesome hi-powered strobe's guide number become when you calculate it at 12800 ISO? What's that, you are even lighting spread across a massive area from 300ft away? No Way! It's easy to get caught up in thinking you've tried everything with your camera when really, there is not a chance you have even come close. Go dust some cobwebs off and try something new!
Great story but what's the point, you're maybe thinking.
Knowing when to use a feature will make the difference for you between getting a shot you want and never had before.
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