Hi guys! Today I have a short little post for all of you about understanding ISO in food photography. I recently got a new DLSR camera and ISO has made a huge impact on how the pictures look. ISO in short term, is basically how bright a shot is. Today, I have a few examples of how ISO can dramatically improve and RUIN your shots. Subject A: chocolate chips.
ISO = 100
Can you even really tell those are chocolate chips? ISO 100 was wayyyyyyy too low for this lighting setup. (FYI I always use natural lighting in my photos now.)
ISO = 200
Better. But not really.
Okay, maybe this is getting better. Still not good enough.
Close. Really close.
I think I’ve done it. I hit the sweet spot for this lighting! I was seriously jumping up and down when I got this picture.
Wrong. Just wrong.
Yeah. As you can see, the ISO 1600 was definitely the winner here. But, who knows, if you have more light where you are taking pictures, you might be able to pull it off with just an ISO 100! The possibilities are endless.
Happy Picture taking and have a good Monday!
-Will (aka Junior High Foodie)