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Old 03-09-2009, 15:45   #1 (permalink)
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Question Part #3 - How Important Is...

I would like to know other forum members opinions in relation to how important it is to have a sufficient understanding of ISO/ASA in todays photography considering that many people (myself included) seem to be moving away from film to digital photography and digital photography seems to be a lot easier as far as not needing to know all of the rules?

I grew up with an understanding of things like Depth Of Field (DOF), Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO/ASA, Exposure, Color temperature, the rule of thirds, reciprocity failure etc...

Is information like that mentioned still relevant to todays photographer?

NOTE: I will repeat this question on a number of topics in different posts as I am interested in your opinions...

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Re: Part #3 - How Important Is...

I don't use my DSLR as a point and shoot i.e. everything on auto or P. Everything I learned from my film camera days is still relevant today. I do like to have a certain amount of control when I take shots. I probably do use auto focus more than manual focus. If I've got a lens on thats not so fast then I may up the ISO to get a reasonable shutter speed. I use functions Av, Tv & M only. Oh dear am I a control freak????

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Re: Part #3 - How Important Is...

Thanks for the reply Paul - yes, I also tend to use Auto Focus on my digital camera... Actually, thinking back I used to use it a lot on my Canon EOS 620 camera as well...

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Only requirement to know about ISO these days is that it'll give you additional stops/speed at the cost of additional noise (but knowing where/when you'll get away with it is useful to know!). Rarely come off 100 (Canons) or 50 (Sigma) which'll all go up to 400 without too much noise in ideal conditions

Have never come off AV/TV or M, just as never used anything but RAW. Often use AF, quite often MF and occasionally AF with a final MF (USM lenses!) but it all depends on subject/lens/conditions (low-ish light and forget AF!)
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I use autofocus when my eyes tire or I forget my contact lens! Otherwise manual is the way to go. More control that way.

For my stock work 100iso is the maximum, so I think ISO can be considered important too.
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