2 days ago
I don’t ever post stuff like this but I felt it might be helpful to share some knowledge about the images that I create. When I’m out shooting my ultimate goal is to make a nice BIG print out of my file. This one was taken on a socked in foggy and dark night up on Mt.Rainier. I shot it at 16000 ISO for 5 seconds at f/8. That’s right my ISO was that high. As a general rule, to produce the highest quality print that I can I want to keep my ISO as low as possible, but sometimes that just isn’t an option to get a proper exposure. Scroll through to see the before RAW file as well as a 20x30 inch print I made. At that high an ISO there’s simply too much noise for a big print, which really started to show at 20x30. But I pretty much knew when I was shooting this that a huge 80” print wasn’t gonna be possible yet I still wanted to push my camera settings and see what happened. So after going through with this exercise, I’m fairly comfortable I could make a decent 16”x24” print but nothing bigger than that. And even at 16000 ISO this final version is more than acceptable for Instagram purposes. Hope some of this info from your Uncle Chris is helpful.
Edit: some additional info here. It was a bit windy that night but during a lull I was able to pull off a 5 second shot. There was really no chance for a 10 or 20 second shot and getting those plants and flowers still. Another reason why I jacked my ISO that high. Otherwise I would’ve kept it lower and used an even longer shutter speed