High ISO Color quality

Modern cameras handle high ISO fairly well. Sensors perform their best when the ISO is low but as the ISO increases the camera’s color fidelity diminishes. Color often looks less faithful and less saturated.


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By using a tool like SpyderCHECKR or SpyderCHECKR 24, you can restore color performance at high ISO. These tools are color charts that provide the SpyderCHECKR software with references of how color should be rendered. The SpyderCHECKR software creates presets to correct color so they render true.


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To create a high ISO preset, capture images of the color chart with each camera and lens combination you own at a high ISO. Generally, a high ISO are ISO settings above 1600. Select one that you would normally use or for each high ISO setting your camera will capture. Once you do this, you can create the presets in the SpyderCHECKR software and apply the presets when you use high ISO. This will help retain the color performance of your camera when you need to increase the ISO.


In lowlight or available light photography it is common to photograph without a flash to obtain a certain light mood. As a result, the shots are often made with different ISO settings depending on the lighting situation and the motive within a series. ISO values of 100-1600 are used in the food series shown here.