Another shot of Hardy Monument.
I have posted this shot to discuss a specific photographic subject.
What is it? Why should I be bothered about it?
This shot was taken at an ISO of 640 on my Canon 5D. There is noise in the shadows of the Tower, the ground and the sky. Basically everywhere.
The noise has been exaggerated by sharpening. A bit of a dilemma! Sharpen, increase the noise. Don't sharpen, and you have an unsharp shot.
So what do you do?
Slide the Noise reduction slider in Lightroom a little bit to the right. Just enough to take the edge off the noise, make it less obvious and visible.
Look, up, and now down,. The image below had a amount of noise reduction of 12 applied in Lightroom. Does it look any different? It is better, without taking away from the sharpness.
So how do you avoid noise?
1 - Use as low an ISO as possible. As I now shoot on a tripod almot always, ISO 100 is set inmy camera and rarely gets changed.
2 - Use as low an ISO as possible.
3 - Expose correctly.
That's it. It's not that difficult.
And scroll down below the photo where I let you into a big secret about noise.
So what is the big secret?
There is a saying, if you notice the noise in a photo, you are looking at a boring photo.
I think that came from Rick Sammon http://ricksammon.com/
Now we want our photographs to be technically correct of course, and to look the best we can get them, but we must not forget one thing;
The only people who really worry about noise are photographers. No-one else really knows/ cares. Obviously if you present an image to a publisher with grain (the old fashioned term for noise from the film days) the size of footballs it may be an issue. Otherwise? Don't worry to much. Just make sure the image is great.
See its simple really.
Photography is a very complicated subject. And with years of learning and practise it gets simpler....
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