Pls show examples where increasing brightness in post better than increasing ISO.

Started Oct 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
bobn2 Forum Pro • Posts: 60,188
Re: Preferred compromise

Steen Bay wrote:

bobn2 wrote:

In any case, even if it does, the rigmarole that they have gone through to get there is a whole lot longer than the simple route, set the aperture and shutter for the largest exposure that your pictorial constraints allow, set the ISO to get the brightness, according to your usual methods for 'nailing the exposure brightness' (mine are do it at my leisure on a nice big computer screen).

Don't think it works like that.

Yes it does.

It's always a compromise involving all three variables (DoF/diffraction, shake/blur and noise, represented by the f-stop, shutter speed and ISO),

No it isn't.

not just two of them.

Yes, just two.

I wouldn't just choose a f-stop and shutter speed, and then let the noise in the final image be whatever it turns out to be.

Why would you not, when you know that the noise is the lowest that you will get with your other constraints.

Let's say that in low light I really don't want to use a slower shutter speed than 1/60 sec, but maybe that'll require ISO 3200 to get a 'properly exposed' image with the correct/preferred brightness, and then I'll maybe choose 1/30, ISO 1600 as the preferred compromise instead.

Why would you? The extra camera shake will damage your image more than the extra noise, guaranteed.

If you don't take the ISO into consideration when choosing the f-stop and shutter speed, then you don't know how high the noise will be in the final image, because it's the ISO that tells you how high the exposure (strict definition!) actually is with the chosen f-stop and shutter speed.

Wrong. What tells you how high the exposure is, is measuring the exposure. Where you're getting confused is that the modern camera UI makes you measure the exposure in terms of ISO, rather than any other unit. But all that means is that you're measuring the exposure in ISO units. If your meter was calibrated in lux seconds, it would do quite as well.

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