EXIF DATA: Aperture Priority | 17mm | f3.5 | 1/800s | ISO 1600
I was walking by the Apple store and was drawn to the double row of florescent lights and their leading lines. This is another shot where I didn’t take enough time to consider the settings. Fortunately the shot ended up not being too noisy, considering I was shooting at ISO 1600. But check out my shutter speed here: 1/800th of a second. That is way way fast. 1/250th would have more than sufficed to freeze motion. Now, if I’d lowered my ISO by two stops, to ISO 400, the camera would have dropped my shutter speed by two stops, to 1/200th (approx.) to maintain proper exposure, which would have been more than adequate to get the shot. The benefit would have been far less noise in the shot. So as you can see, it’s not always about getting your shutter speed up, it can sometimes be about getting your ISO down. Simply put, you’ve got to get in the habit of reading your setting all the time. Once they become second nature you’ll find you’ll almost always get the shot you’re trying for. My friend Mauro shoots with a fully manual film camera (not even a light meter), yet he always knows what shutter and aperture to set it to in any light.
By the way, this was at the Eaton Centre. I think the shot works mostly because the blond guy turned around as I took the shot. If everyone had been facing away, it wouldn’t have been worth a hill of beans. Hope you like it.