Low light photography: Do you want to increase your ISO or utilize a slower shutter speed?


posted Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7:00 AM EDT


When shooting in low light without a flash, what should you do, increase your ISO or slow down your shutter speed? This is precisely the question photographer and educator Mark Wallace answers in his latest video for Adorama's "Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace" video series.

As you'll learn in the video below -- which was filmed in Sydney, Australia -- the answer depends on the situation and there are times when each option, a higher ISO or a slower shutter speed, has the most advantages. The biggest determinant is the role of motion in your image. If you want to freeze motion, you will need to increase the ISO to maintain a high enough shutter speed. If you want to blur motion, on the other hand, you can use a low ISO and a slow shutter speed.

(Via Adorama