How To Adjust the ISO Setting on Your Digital Camera

The ISO setting on your digital camera is the function responsible for how fast the image is being registered on the media in relation to the light available when the photo was taken. The ISO setting on your digital camera therefore should be at its optimum level to make sure that the images come out crisp and vivid. Adjusting the ISO setting on your digital camera is typically needed in low light conditions. However, too high ISO settings on your digital camera could result in distorted images.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the various camera controls and their corresponding functions.  Cameras come in different makes and models. The best thing you could do to get yourself familiarized with the various functions of your digital camera would be to read and study the supplied user's manual. Surely there would be detailed pictures and descriptions of each and every button's function on the user's manual.
  2. Understand how the ISO setting on your digital camera affects the quality of pictures you take. The ISO setting is the digital camera's shutter speed. Being able to adjust the ISO setting on your digital camera will come in handy during low light conditions, especially if your camera is not equipped with a flash. Increasing the ISO setting on your digital camera to make the shutter speed faster may be beneficial if there isn't too much light available. But again, too high of an ISO setting could result in blurry images. Keeping the ISO setting to the bare minimum would be the safest bet especially if you are not yet too adept with how your camera works.
  3. Look for the ISO adjustment control on your digital camera. Refer to your digital camera user's manual to locate the ISO adjustment control. Normally, this adjustment control can be found within the digital camera's menu options. Press the menu button and choose the shooting options for your digital camera. Look for the item ISO and select it.
  4. Start adjusting the ISO setting on your digital camera. Once on the ISO settings menu, you will be prompted to choose from the values presented. Most consumer digital cameras have ISO settings from 100 through 400. More advanced digital cameras, on the other hand, have ISO settings up to 1,600.

Again, the higher the ISO setting you choose, the bigger the chances of getting blurred or distorted images, so you should always consider keeping the ISO at its lowest possible level. Experiment on your digital camera. Adjust the ISO settings for different light conditions and see the results.


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