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.
Noise has always been a problem in HDR photography. Especially if you shoot your source images hand-held with a high ISO setting, you’re going to run into the typical problem that the base noise in your images is going to be carried on through the entire workflow. Moreover, it’s going to be amplified by the typical HDR tone-mapping and adjustments applied to the image.
But if you shoot your source photos with this problem in mind, you can fix it rather easily without going to lower ISO settings. The idea is simple: Shoot multiple exposure series and noise stack them right in your HDR software.