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I have been mentoring photographers for almost a decade, and a very common photographic fear is using a high ISO.

And when I say fear, I mean photographers freak out about grain!

“I can’t shoot a higher ISO, the image will be grainy!!”

“Won’t my images have more noise if I photograph at a higher ISO?”

Well, yes.


But sometimes no.

Watch the video, and you’ll understand why I prefer using a higher ISO.

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  • Florence Griffith

    I think most wedding photographers would agree with you . technology has come so far…I know Susan Stripling shoots ISO 6400 without worry…My wedding setup is a fuji x100s and the X-T1 with the 56 1.2…as well as a 55-200 which I use rarely…I have shot ISO 6400 with my setup when i really have to…but usually 1600 to 3200 with really good results…the most important part of your message is to nail the exposure…I know some shooters that will purposely overexpose just a bit and that works fine too…Nice video Heather

  • good explanation for the new shooters. I’m always happy to shoot in the 3200-12800 ISO range with newer cameras. Even with my old d3 6400 was acceptable to me. Grain is rarely seen unless viewed at 100% anyways.

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1. Wedding Contract – 2 pages including terms and conditions and copyright retention information (lawyer approved).
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Both of the examples below were edited exclusively in Lightroom and the techniques are covered in the Advanced Lightroom Workshop.

Most of the photographers on the Weddings by Heather Membership Site report that their editing time has been cut in half! AND their photos are stunning!

Before/After Lightroom Retouching
Before/After Lightroom Retouching


Have you ever taken a series of photos only to realize that a different person had their eyes closed in every photo? Ugh.

Or maybe someone is looking away in one photo, but everyone else looks great and you just wish you could replace that persons head?

In this free Photoshop tutorial video, I show you my technique for replacing a head.

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