So I like to think that I shot a fair bit. Maybe not as much now as I used to, but still a lot compared to most. And one of the things that i shoot a lot of are live performances. Now I don’t have a large range of f2.8 and or lower lenses. I do have the standard 50mm F1.8 and I have a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-f4.5. But even with those kinds of lenses I have to shoot at a high iso (3200). Now I could lower my shutter speed down to help me get some more light, but honestly a blurry picture is just no good. So i set my camera to shutter priority and lock it at somewhere around 1/160. This will usually give me a nice sharp image. Definitely fast enough to catch most of the action that is happening around me.
Now when you shoot high iso shots in a dark scenerio you really can start to see the noise creeping in. So their are a couple of things that you can do. One of them is find a noise reduction piece of software. I myself use Nik software’s Dfine which I really like, but their are others so snoop around. Mine is a plugin for Aperture so I can use it from within Aperture.
Now just cause you have a high iso shot with noise does not mean its all bad. Im actually a fan of some images that have camera noise. And sometimes i think it adds a whole lot of character to the photo. Much nicer then trying to take it away. Remember just cause you can doesn’t mean you should.
My last little suggestion is to turn the image to black and white. I have a real love of black and white images, but i think they look even better when they have some noise. They just have that feel to them which I love. So i wouldn’t change that.
So lastly, don’t be afraid to pump that iso up. I myself would much rather have a shot with some noise in it, then have a blurry picture because i couldn’t shoot fast enough.
Let me know what you think, show me some of your pics and remember.
Just go shoot!!!