What you need versus what you want, and what you have.

Started May 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
David Hull
David Hull Veteran Member • Posts: 6,021
Re: What you need versus what you want, and what you have.

rwbaron wrote:

David Hull wrote:

ultimitsu wrote:

David Hull wrote:

These scenarios tend to call for 400, 800, 1600. Now, perhaps I am old school but I have always thought that this was why they gave us an ISO dial.

they did so becasue for cameras with significant read noises need hardware amplification. but for a camera wth very low read noise and large DR in iso 100 (D800), you can indeed get away with using iso100 in shoots that would normally demand iso 800 (5D3).

Yes, you most certainly can, but you have to make an adjustment to your shooting paradigm to do that. Most people want to see what they got on the LCD display – it’s not truly necessary (we didn’t have it in the old film days) but in the modern “digital” era, we have all grown accustomed to it. BTW: Your Sony based camera also includes HW amplification, which is how the ISO works – why do you suppose that they bothered?

I have never needed more than a couple stops to do that. That’s just me, your needs may be different but I don’t think I am alone.

Just like Bill famously did not say - "no one needs more than 640K of RAM."

You are not alone indeed, Bob is with you on this one, a quick glance of his pbase gallery reveals tons of pictures with blown highlight, often in areas you would want detail. but who are we to judge how should he enjoy his images? He loves going around saying he never saw a need for more DR than his cameras had.

OK, I give up... who is bob?

My guess is he's referring to me.


Yea... I looked about a bit and made that same guess. I also looked at your galleries which look pretty good to me. I am sure there are some blown highlights in there but there are some really nice pictures as well. I wish I could go to some of those places (hmmm… maybe if I don’t buy that 5DIII or D800 perhaps I can ;-)). I find his galleries interesting as well. Looks like he is shooting a 60D and doing a pretty good job with it – grass is always greener somewhere else, I guess. He has a really cool one in his DPR gallery of a dude suspended in air – probably some sort of trick shot but looks pretty cool.

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