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Photo by Ryan Libre.

In low light conditions when you don’t want to use a flash, your standard zoom lens is not what you want to use. Learn here about fixed fast lenses and high ISO.

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Ryan Libre

Ryan Libre is a photojournalist based in Japan and Thailand. He was awarded the 2010 Nikon Inspiration Award for his photographic work on the Kachin struggle for independence in Myanmar. Please visit his homepage

  • Julie

    It is always a challenge to get both a high enough shutter speed to stop some motion and low light conditions with a fast lens and a low ISO, but I have moved to an ISO-400 or ISO-800 and still had some pretty good results at times.

  • Carlo Alcos

    Cool little podcast! A good alternative to that 50mm f/1.4 lens is the 50mm f/1.8 which Lola talks about here:

    It’s about a quarter the cost of the 1.4 so if money is tight…

  • Capturesque

    always hard to get the exact combo especially for me I hate noise so I have a hard time pushing my iso up.

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