Accidental Photoshop

23 02 2011

Photoshop fixes everything. As long as you don’t get caught.

AS, a Spanish sports daily, was forced to apologize yesterday after they experienced a “computer graphics error” which resulted in one of the players being removed from an image of a controversial offside decision.

AS was forced to issue a “before and after” of the image to help lay the issue to rest.

The before and after image

More camera basics: ISO

23 02 2011

ISO, what is it? Back when I was given a Canon Powershot for Christmas I remember seeing the ISO setting and then a bunch of numbers. Since higher numbers tend to be better, I would turn my ISO to the highest that the Powershot could handle, but I was baffled at why my pictures were grainy.

Then I took an intro VCT class, and learned that ISO is how sensitive the sensor is to light and that a higher ISO will produce grainy (noisy) images. ISO is the same as film speed. Film speed is how sensitive the film is to light. Using a higher film speed will produce a grainier image, just like ISO.

An ISO of 100 is less sensitive to light than an ISO of 6,400. Also, an ISO of 100 will produce a less noisy image than an ISO of 6,400.

Here’s an example.

If you’re out shooting in the middle of the day and it’s extremely sunny out you won’t need a high ISO. Since there’s so much light out, set the ISO to 100. Because there’s more than enough light to give you a well exposed image.

However, let’s say you’re out shooting indoors at a graduation. Then you would want to turn up your ISO so you could use a higher shutter speed to capture the right moment.

How high your ISO will go depends on the kind of camera you’re shooting with. If you’re shooting with an entry level DSLR like the Nikon D3000 the highest ISO is 3,200. If you’re shooting with a more advanced DSLR, the Nikon D90 in my case, you’re ISO will be higher, 6,400, because of the different technology.

So don’t make the mistake of thinking high ISO is always a good thing. Learn the pros and cons of shooting with a high ISO on your camera to get the most out of it.

Looking back maybe I should have Googled ISO.