Sponsor Message:
Aviation Photography Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Noise Woes  
User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1619 times:

Recently, most of my pictures have turned out quite noisy. Case in point:
http://www.pbase.com/senorcarnival/image/43606259

Especially in the darker areas, the noise is really evident. It becomes even noisier if I apply dodging. I'm shooting in Aperture priority mode (f8-11 usually), ISO 64. These prosumer cameras (Minolta A2 in this case) are deadly on ISO 100 or above. I've fiddled with despeckling and dust&scratches filters on PS7, but they do little to assist in noise. Other than plunking down for Neat Image or Noise Ninja, is there anything that can cure my noise woes?

6 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1609 times:

Shooting in good light, for starters.

User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 1):
Shooting in good light, for starters.

Anything else?


User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

Apart from what you have already mentioned, ISO 100, good light conditions, digital is not good on dull days. Point and shoot camera's are known for their high noise levels. Try to avoid Neat Image at all cost, it really can destroy a photo. If used carefully it can be effective. Eric, (DLKAPA) has an excellent workflow if you visit his site, can't find the web address for it, maybe he will post it. You are more than welcome to e-mail me and I can give you a copy of my process as well.

Take care

Fergul  sun 



Zambian Airways, Where the Eagles fly free!!
User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

I recently started using Paint Shop Pro - the latest version has a "digital camera noise reduction" function which I find excellent. You can apply it to individual layers, it isn't as destructive as NeatImage, and PSP has some very good other quick-fix functions that really work for me.
I'd agree with DLKAPA and Fergul though, good light is the most important factor. I've got megabytes of noisy bad-weather pics I really like but can't upload, no matter how I try to improve the basic picture...


User currently offlinePhilhyde From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 678 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

Given the settings you mention, I think you really need to open up the aperture more in low-light. That should help out a lot. If you are using aperture priority mode, try to use the smallest aperture (higher number) so that you get a shutter speed in the 400-500 range. If you routinely shoot in low-light conditions, consider using a monopod to reduce camera shake and improve the quality of your shots. Using this technique, you could probably use shutter speeds down to 250.

Also, I'm no expert, but your shot doesn't look noisy to me. Rather, it looks like it's been compressed and the edges have been over-sharpened. Make sure you are taking pictures at maximum quality and resolution.

cheers,
Phil



HoustonSpotters Admin - Canon junkie - Aviation Nut
User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1523 times:

Quoting Philhyde (Reply 5):
Also, I'm no expert, but your shot doesn't look noisy to me. Rather, it looks like it's been compressed and the edges have been over-sharpened. Make sure you are taking pictures at maximum quality and resolution.

You are right. That's the second version (maybe third..) of that picture since the original, so it does have some JPG compression.

Quoting Fergulmcc (Reply 3):
Eric, (DLKAPA) has an excellent workflow if you visit his site, can't find the web address for it, maybe he will post it. You are more than welcome to e-mail me and I can give you a copy of my process as well.

I usually use that workflow (and yours too, btw  Smile ), but I thought I'd do some tweaking of my own as well. Thank you though.


Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Canon 30D: More Noise Than Usual At Dark Blue Sky? posted Fri Nov 10 2006 23:01:22 by JetCrazy
Takeoff (color) Noise posted Wed Sep 27 2006 03:23:24 by Domokun
Noise Issue #2 posted Fri Jun 16 2006 23:32:29 by LGW
Grain/noise Reduction Question.... posted Mon Jun 5 2006 22:45:55 by Sirpug
High ISO Noise On DSLR's posted Sat Apr 22 2006 11:01:33 by LGW
How To Reduce Noise On posted Wed Mar 29 2006 16:13:02 by AirMalta
RAW Shooter/ Noise Reduction posted Tue Mar 14 2006 15:01:05 by Dendrobatid
Best Way To Reduce Noise posted Wed Feb 22 2006 16:35:33 by LIPH
White Woes...Workflow Workaround? posted Wed Jan 25 2006 16:03:39 by Flyfisher1976
Too Much Noise? posted Thu Jan 5 2006 02:43:40 by CFIjames