Applying noise reduction to your images can be a real science. Any tool you use is faced with the almost impossible task of getting rid of the noise while retaining the details of your image. In this article, I'll feature 4 great noise reduction techniques, that come for free if you have Photoshop and one that requires a paid plugin.
In this video, I'll show you how to reduce the noise only in some of your source photos to target specific areas of your final HDR image.
In this video tutorial, I'm going to show you how to apply noise stacking to your HDR workflow. This will enable you to shoot hand-held at high ISO settings and come away with clean images without applying a high dose of noise reduction in post-processing.
In this tutorial, I will show you a very effective workflow for reducing the noise in your images using Topaz DeNoise 6. Topaz Labs have released the latest version of their noise reduction software recently. And while they did not update the core noise reduction functionality over the previous version, it is still one of the best if not the best noise reduction software out there.
Shooting with a high ISO sensitivity naturally creates noisy images. We all know that. And removing that noise in post-production is difficult and impacts image quality. But there is actually a way to reduce the noise greatly even in high-ISO images with very little impact on the details in your image. And this technique does not require any noise reduction software or plugins.
Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) is the first stop in your raw workflow when you bring a raw image into Photoshop. Did you know that this little application has the exact same raw image editing features as its much bigger brother - Lightroom? If you are not already doing it, you should start using this power. One example where ACR can really serve you well is input sharpening and noise reduction. In this video, I'll show you how to use ACR's noise reduction and sharpening capabilities to prepare an image before you bring it into Photoshop for more complex processing work.
Noise and sharpening, don't go together well. If you sharpen a noisy image, the noise is sharpened too, making it even noisier. And if you apply noise reduction first, the image gets very soft and loses all the details that you may want to sharpen. It takes a few Photoshop tricks to get around this problem. In the video below, a photographer by the name Gabriel F shares a very interesting technique. He sharpens a really noisy image by extracting the details (including the edges to be sharpened) into a separate layer. Then he reduces the noise on that details layer and sharpens it subsequently. When he overlays this layer on the image, the noise is untouched while the edges are sharpened.
Fighting noise in your images is one of the most common task during post-processing. But it's also a very challenging thing to do because with every bit of noise reduction, you lose details in your image that you need to get back somehow. So, it's a fine balance between noise reduction on the one side and sharpening on the other side. Both are necessary and both can easily be overdone. In this excerpt of my Personal Workflow for Lightroom course, I will show you how I am applying noise reduction to images that are somewhat noisy.
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