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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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About The Author

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 www.ryanlibre.com.

  • http://www.collazoprojects.com 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.

  • http://vagabonderz.com 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: http://matadornetwork.com/goods/dslr-camera-owners-3-lenses-you-need/

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

  • http://www.capturesque.com 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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