This post was most recently updated on February 12th, 2022
How to Change ISO on Nikon D3500 – Easy Setting
Photographers want to shoot in full manual mode when the light dips and their photos look grainy and blurry. I know from experience how difficult it is to change your ISO on a Nikon. There will be no doubt in anyone’s mind that a photographer knows what they are talking about.
What is iso in camera?
ISO is a measure of the sensitivity of a camera’s sensor to light. A higher ISO means the sensor will be more sensitive, allowing you to use a faster shutter speed or smaller aperture — or both.
In digital photography, the ISO setting tells the camera how sensitive its sensor is to light. When you set a high ISO value, you’re telling the camera to make its sensor more sensitive so it can capture an image in low-light conditions with a faster shutter speed and/or smaller aperture (which also means more depth of field).
In analogue photography, ISO refers to film speed—a measurement of how light-sensitive the film is. The same principles apply: A higher ISO number means the film is more sensitive and can be used with a faster shutter speed and/or smaller aperture (which also means more depth of field).
A high ISO setting can introduce noise into your photos. Noise looks like speckles or grains in your images and can be distracting if not kept in check.
How high should you go? That depends on the camera you are using and how much light there is available for shooting at that time. If you’re in total darkness or shooting action, then you’ll want to use as high an ISO as possible.
How to Change ISO on Nikon D3500
One of the first things that you need to do is to switch your camera to manual mode. To do this, look for the M button on the top of your camera. Once you find it, press it and hold it down.
The next step will be to change the settings from Auto ISO to a specific ISO. Keep in mind that when you do this, your camera will not change its ISO automatically but you will have to manually change the settings each time you want to take a photo.
Note: If you are taking photos in a dark place, use a lower ISO setting such as 100 or 200.
How do I change ISO on Nikon manual?
Changing ISO on a manual Nikon is really quite simple. In order to change your ISO setting, you simply have to press a button or turn a knob until you reach the desired setting.
There are basically two ways to change ISO on a Nikon camera: manually and automatically.
Toggle ISO with the ISO button on your camera. On most DSLRs, you can hold the button down to cycle from the lowest setting (ISO 100) up to the highest setting (ISO 3200).
Toggle ISO by adjusting it in your Nikon menu. Press your menu button, find the main menu options, and find the option for ISO. Depending on your model of camera and other settings you’ve made, you may be able to adjust it in a submenu.
If not, you can switch it in another submenu that allows manual adjustments to various settings. In either case, once you’ve found this option, toggle to the desired setting and press OK or Enter.
How do I turn off auto ISO on Nikon D3500?
Auto ISO is a great feature that prevents blurry or grainy pictures. Unfortunately, it will often pick an ISO (exposure sensitivity) that is too high and make your pictures appear dark or grainy.
How can you lower Auto ISO’s threshold so that it doesn’t pick such high ISOs?
There are two ways to do this:
1. In the shooting menu there is a setting called ISO sensitivity step value. This tells the camera how much of a change in light levels it should look for before changing the ISO. The default setting for this is 0.3EV, which means that it will change the ISO when the light level changes by 3/10ths of a stop. This might be too much for indoor shots, so try reducing this to 0.1EV, then take some more shots and see if they are better exposed with lower ISOs.
2. Alternatively you can also select an Auto ISO range that specifies an ISO range between your minimum and maximum values. You can use this to specify a minimum value as above then set your maximum value higher, say 6400 or 12500, depending on how much noise you’re willing to accept in your pictures.